The Danger of Atlanta's Crumbling Sidewalks

Posted On: June 30, 2012 by Robert J. Fleming

An advocacy group called PEDS is taking issue with Atlanta’s crumbling sidewalks by pushing Atlanta City Council members to add sidewalk maintenance to the city’s budget. PEDS claims that Atlanta’s sidewalks are hazardous which can lead to injuries and lawsuits.

At 17th and Peachtree Circle, which is just around the block from PEDS Midtown office, the pedestrian advocacy group points to portions of a sidewalk that has been pushed up by the roots of trees. Other areas of the sidewalk are fractured and missing. News viewers have sent pictures of the worst sidewalks in their neighborhood in support of PEDS’ claims.

At present, the public works budget covers sidewalk repairs. An audit estimates that 25 percent of the sidewalks and curbs in Atlanta need to be repaired or replaced altogether at a cost of about $152 million. The maintenance of sidewalks is supposed to be overseen by property owners. However, as PEDS points out, this is seldom the case.

Back in May, a blind man who was inured on a sidewalk was paid $3 million and a woman who caught her heel in a crumbling sidewalk was paid $1.14 million by the city of Atlanta. The city has earmarked $500,000 to repair some of Atlanta’s worst walkways, an amount that PEDS considers insignificant given the number of sidewalks in need of repair.

Falling on a sidewalk can cause serious injury, as well as bruises, cuts, and broken bones. Sufferers of slip and falls should document all injuries with medical records and photographs. You can also contact us at (404) 525 - 5150 for a free and confidential consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney.

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