Last month a police chase led to a violent crash that killed three people. South Fulton Police were pursuing a stolen vehicle on Jonesboro Road in Clayton County as the cars approached the intersection of I-85 and Georgia 138. The police vehicle that was in pursuit of the stolen vehicle struck the side of a work van that had six occupants inside.
As a result of the police vehicle striking the work van, the van overturned and then caught fire. The officer and three people inside the van were taken to the hospital. The other three occupants in the van were killed. News crews went to the South Fulton Police Department to find out who would be held accountable; reporters were told the matter is being investigated and no comment was made.
Earlier this year, the City of South Fulton adopted a new police pursuit policy that states officers will be held accountable for accidents that are the result of driving violations. They will also have to answer for any damage that is caused by the careless handling of their vehicles.
Our firm recently successfully resolved a case against a city in South Georgia for a police chase that resulted in the deaths of the male driver and his female passenger. Our personal injury lawyers in Atlanta specialize in all wheels accidents; our lawyers can help victims injured in police chase cases.
How Long do You Have to See a Doctor After a Car Accident in Georgia?
There is no steadfast rule that suggests when you should go to a doctor after a crash, but the most important thing is your health. If you are hurt, seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, some people who are involved in an accident do not seek medical treatment in a timely manner. They may be uninsured. They may not feel any pain at that moment. They may be scared. Regardless of the reason, not seeking medical care can result in health complications later. Additionally, delaying treatment could adversely affect your case if you decide to seek compensation for your pain and suffering.
It is best to seek medical treatment first and then consult with a personal injury attorney. Your health is number one.
Statute of Limitations for Filing a Car Accident Case
O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33 establishes that Georgians have two years to file a wrongful death or personal injury claim if involved in a motor vehicle accident. Generally, the two-year clock can be “tolled”, or delayed . Also, in certain situations like cases that involve a city or any government-type entity the statute can be much shorter. You may have to put the city on notice and send an ante-litem notice. The ante-litem notice has exceptionally significant ramifications if you don’t follow the exact steps required.
Similarly, if the accident resulted in a death, you want to talk with a wrongful death lawyer who understands how the two-year statute actually works and the nuances of when the two-year clock is tolled.
Since 2010, the rate of serious injuries due to car accidents has increased. This year, there were approximately 17 for every 100 million vehicle miles traveled on Georgia highways. While some are more common than others, traffic accidents have several causes. Distracted driving, operating a vehicle under the influence, speeding, and other factors led to a 32% increase in fatalities on roads this year, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.
If you have been seriously injured or have lost a family member due to someone else’s negligence while driving, our team of personal injury lawyers in Atlanta are available to help you with your case.
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If you have been seriously injured or have lost a family member due to someone else’s negligence while driving, our team of personal injury lawyers in Atlanta are available to help answer your questions.