Macon-Bibb Personal Injury Lawyers
Advocates for Victims of Serious Accidents in Macon, Georgia
Macon lies in the geographic center of the Peach State, which is why its nickname is "The Heart of Georgia." The city is home to more than 92,000 residents, and joined with Bibb County in 2014 to become Macon-Bibb. And like any other town its size, there are plenty of people whose behavior puts others at risk.
If you’ve been seriously injured by the negligence of another person or company, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. To obtain a payout that is worthy of your injuries, it is vital that you have the representation of an experienced Macon personal injury attorney. The legal team at Grant Law Office has more than five decades of combined experience in personal injury law in this area, and we will put our skills to work on your claim. Call (866) 249-5513 or (404) 995-3955 today for a free case evaluation.
Dangers in Macon-Bibb
Macon-Bibb is intersected by I-16, I-75, I-475, and many U.S. routes and state routes also pass through. Lots of long-haul truckers use these roads and present a considerable danger to other drivers. In the city itself, there are several dangerous intersections, including Spring Street and Riverside Drive, and Second Street with North Avenue, where cars often collide and leave their occupants with catastrophic injuries.
However, accidents can happen anywhere, at any time. A slip-and-fall at the Museum of Arts and Sciences. A doctor misdiagnosing a patient at Coliseum Northside Hospital. A child getting hurt on Ocmulgee Heritage Trail. The list is truly endless. But when should you file a legal claim?
When another person or company caused the accident through negligence, and it caused you serious injury.
Negligence and Standard of Care
Negligence is when someone acts or fails to act, and that action or inaction injures another person. But when is an accident the result of negligence, and when is an accident just "an accident?" Legally, the difference is the "standard of care" in the situation. Standard of care can be defined as someone acting in a way that a reasonable person would act, under the same circumstances, to avoid injury to another person. For instance, a reasonable person who cared about the safety of others wouldn’t text while driving. If a driver were to text while driving home from Douglass Theatre, he would not be acting the way a reasonable person should act in the same situation—therefore, he’s negligent. If he causes an accident, he is legally responsible to the victim for the resulting harm.
The State of Georgia recognizes that more than one person can share negligence for an accident. In such a case, the injured party can only seek compensation from another party if he or she was less than 50% responsible for the accident. For example, a driver is reading her email on her cell phone and hits a pedestrian who is crossing the street. However, the pedestrian was not crossing at a crosswalk, but crossing in the middle of the street. The jury may decide that the accident was 60% the fault of the driver, and 40% the fault of the pedestrian. In that case, the pedestrian could still recover compensation. Had the court decided that the driver and the pedestrian shared blame equally, the pedestrian would not be able to recover.
Quality Legal Representation in Macon-Bibb
In Georgia, generally, an injury victim has two years from the date of injury to file a lawsuit against the party that injured him or her. Keep in mind that the time limitation may be shorter in certain circumstances. You should speak to a lawyer quickly after your accident to make sure evidence is preserved and witnesses are contacted before memories fade.
When you speak to us at Grant Law Office, you pay nothing upfront—no retainers or out-of-pocket expenses. We only get paid when we win you the compensation you deserve. To get your case started, call our Georgia personal injury attorneys at (866) 249-5513 or (404) 995-3955 for a free consultation.