Personal Injury Lawyer Fulton County, GA
Nearly every driver has had to respond to an emergency vehicle on the road. When you see the lights and hear the sirens behind you, Georgia law says you need to move over to the side of the road (if possible) and stop until the vehicle has had time to pass by you.
Most people are happy to do this, because chances are good that whatever emergency an ambulance, fire truck, or police vehicle is responding to is more important than an individual motorist’s immediate plans. Unfortunately, the sudden actions of an emergency vehicle on a busy roadway can actually lead to an accident. If you are the victim of said accident, what are your legal rights?
In most cases, it is possible to pursue compensation for an accident caused by an emergency vehicle. But when doing so, it is a wise idea to work with an experienced personal injury lawyer Fulton County, GA, trusts. If you were “on the job” while being struck by an emergency vehicle, the team at Tillman & Associates can help you file a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury claim, or both, depending on your unique circumstances. It’s important not to make any assumptions about your case until you’ve spoken to a Fulton County, GA personal injury lawyer, as every case is different.
You Don’t Have Much Time To File A Claim
If you were suing another driver who was operating a personal vehicle, the statute of limitations in Georgia would give you two years in which to file a personal injury lawsuit. But most emergency vehicles are owned by local or state governments, which operate under a different statute of limitations.
If suing the state or a county government is your best legal option, you must give notice of your intention to sue (called ante litem) within one year of the accident. If you intend to sue a city government, you have just six months to file ante litem. With that said, it’s important to connect with a Fulton County, GA personal injury lawyer as soon as you can after an accident occurs, as waiting to act may compromise the strength of your case and/or bar you from other options (such as filing a workers’ compensation claim).
Did a Different Driver Actually Cause the Accident?
Accident scenes can be chaotic, especially when emergency vehicles are involved. Even if you were hit by an emergency vehicle, that vehicle/driver may not have been responsible for the accident. The emergency vehicle may have been forced to react to the negligent actions of another driver, in which case that other driver might be completely or at least partly at fault.
This is one of the many reasons why it is important to work with an experienced Fulton County, GA personal injury lawyer who can help you investigate and reconstruct that accident.
What if You Were Partially At Fault?
Even if the emergency driver was primarily to blame for the accident, you may have been driving in a way that contributed to the crash or your own injuries in it. Thankfully, you can still recover compensation if you were less than 50 percent at fault. However, if you win your case, a judge will determine your percentage of fault and reduce your total award by that amount. If you were deemed 10 percent at fault, for instance, you could recover 90 percent of your total award.
Contact Us to Discuss Your Legal Options
We are proud to help injury victims in Fulton County seek damages after a car accident or other personal injury. To discuss your case with an experienced Fulton County, GA personal injury lawyer, contact our office to set up an initial consultation. We look forward to speaking with you.