Fatal Sandy Springs Georgia Accident Result of Dangerous Roadway


January 12, 2011

A dangerous stretch of Johnson Ferry Road in Sandy Springs was the scene of two separate fatal auto accidents in under a week less than a hundred feet apart. The fatal car accidents occurred on a 1.4 mile construction zone between Abernathy and Riverside Roads where the roadway is being widened. The stretch of roadway has a reputation of being dark and unlit at night, and as drivers approach a sudden and sharp curve, the roadway dips to a steep grade. The construction barriers and obstacles only make the roadway more confusing and treacherous. The steep grade combined with the sharp, sudden turn makes the stretch of roadway particularly dangerous.

Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, has been representing Georgia drivers who suffer serious injuries or wrongful death on our highways, including on unsafe and poorly designed or maintained roadways, for over 25 years. If you are injured because of a public entity's failure to design or maintain a safe roadway, you may be entitled to legal compensation.

A particularly troubling aspect of the fatal accidents on Johnson Ferry Road is that governmental officials seem to have been aware the road was treacherous and may have failed to take reasonable steps to make the roadway safe. The steep grade before the sudden sharp curve means that vehicles tend to pick up speed as they approach the curve which results in drivers going too fast to safely negotiate the curve without being involved in a car accident. The Department of Transportation has studied traffic patterns in the intersection and identified this exact risk. One Department of Transportation spokesman said, "I'd say if you go out there and watch traffic you would be hard-pressed to find too many people driving 35 miles per hour." The speed limit on that stretch of road is 35 miles per hour. When a public entity is clearly aware of a particularly dangerous roadway, Georgia personal injury law imposes an obligation to take reasonable care to prevent injuries and wrongful death resulting from Georgia auto accidents.

There are many different ways that roadways that are not safely designed or maintained can contribute to serious Georgia car accidents:

  • Steeply inclined roadways
  • Unsafe construction zones with insufficient or confusing signs and barriers
  • Failure to provide warnings or make safe roads known to be slippery with ice or rain
  • Potholes and uneven pavement
  • Inadequate guardrails or other barriers
  • Improperly divided highways
  • Poorly designed or controlled intersections

Where a governmental entity has knowledge that a particular stretch of roadway is particularly dangerous and fails to take reasonable steps to make the road safe, a person who suffers serious injuries or wrongful death in a car crash may be able to recover compensation for one's injuries. There are special procedures and time limits that must be complied with when pursuing a claim for injuries against a governmental entity. An experienced Georgia auto accident lawyer will make sure that these special rules and time limits are met. If you suspect a roadway defect may be a cause or contributing factor in your Georgia car collision, it is imperative that you talk to a lawyer as soon as possible. In cases involving a roadway defect against a governmental entity, you must normally file a claim within six months of the date of your accident. If you seek immediate legal advice, you can protect your rights to full and fair compensation for your injuries, lost earnings, emotional pain and suffering and other related expenses.

It is also important to seek immediate legal advice if you are injured in a defective roadway car accident so that the law firm can initiate an investigation. The law enforcement report may not mention or suspect that a road hazard caused an accident and blame driver error, weather conditions or some other cause. Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, works diligently to identify potential causes and responsible parties who contributed to the auto accident.

Our experienced georgia auto accident lawyers are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or visit us on the web at www.montlick.com. No matter where you are located, we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.

Category: Auto Accidents

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