Once again, we are reminded of the dangerous road and side-walk conditions which some Atlanta pedestrians are subjected to while they are walking and biking on city and county roads. According to recent reports, an Atlanta resident suffered a serious ankle injury and was rushed to Emory Hospital for treatment when she fell while trying to cross North Decatur Road where it intersects with Oakdale Drive. The injured woman and her husband reported the dangerous intersection (which legally constitutes a “nuisance”) to the Atlanta Journal Constitution in hopes that the broken concrete and sunken roadway would be repaired by the county before someone else is injured.
Generally, the local municipality charged with maintaining the roadway and sidewalk in good condition (i.e., safe and free from dangerous defects and/or hazards) is legally responsible to a pedestrian who suffers an injury if the municipality knew or should have known about the dangerous condition and failed to make adequate and timely repairs. Depending on the circumstances, the liable municipality in the Atlanta area would be The City of Atlanta, Dekalb County, Fulton County, the City of Decatur, Cobb County, Clayton County, the City of Marietta, the City of Brookhaven, the City of Johns Creek, the City of Chamblee, Gwinnett County, etc.
What is especially worrisome about dangerous intersections is that, not only does the injured pedestrian fall and suffer from any number of injuries related to the fall (e.g., broken ankle, broken arm, torn rotator cuff, head injuries), but once they fall, they risk being run over by passing cars on busy streets and intersections. This is why local city and county agencies must be vigilant about making these needed repairs.
To their credit, the cities of Chamblee and Brookhaven have installed miles of new sidewalks and cross walks along Buford Highway which goes a long way in alleviating the dangerous conditions that pedestrians that use the Buford Highway corridor face. However, there still exists many other dangerous stretches of road along Buford Highway and other main streets in and around Atlanta that pose a daily hazard to those people who walk along the roads. This would include commuters who travel by bus, bicycle riders and others who are simply walking or riding along the road and have no safe area to traverse.
If you have been seriously injured due to a defective road condition and suspect that the City of Atlanta or another municipality had prior notice of the danger, and would like to discuss your case with one of our attorneys in complete confidence, please contact us. Attorney Robert J. Fleming has been handling wrongful death cases, bus accidents, car accident cases and pedestrian injury cases for individuals and families who have been harmed, injured or died as a result of the carelessness or negligence of another for more than 20 years in and around Atlanta, Georgia and its surrounding areas, including Alpharetta, Austell, Avondale Estates, Chamblee, College Park, Conyers, Duluth, Decatur, Doraville, Hapeville, Johns Creek, Jonesboro, Lawrenceville, Norcross, Peachtree City, Riverdale, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Stone Mountain, and Smyrna. If you have been seriously injured in a car accident and would like quality legal representation, contact Robert J. Fleming directly on (404) 525-5150 or contact us online.We are here to help.