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Posted on March 11, 2019 in Vehicle Accidents
Many factors can contribute to a car accident, from failure to follow traffic signals to inclement weather conditions to dangerous driving activities, such as driving while intoxicated or while distracted. However, not all causes of car accidents are due to driving behavior. Sometimes, you can hold a city or a government entity liable for a deadly car accident. If you lost a loved one in a deadly car accident, you can file a wrongful death lawsuit against these bodies.
When poor road conditions, a lack of signage, or malfunctioning traffic lights lead to an accident, you can hold the government entity responsible for that road maintenance liable for that accident. Poor road conditions can include potholes and sinkholes in the road, cracked or broken pavement, poor or confusing street signage, broken traffic lights, construction debris in the road, narrow roads, and many other qualities that indicate poor road maintenance.
To successfully win the lawsuit against the city or municipal government entity, the government must be responsible for the bad road conditions or traffic errors that led to the accident. Proof that the government acted in negligence in some way is necessary. Legally, the municipal government is responsible for fixing these conditions and failure to do so can be a sign of negligence.
If you lost a loved one in a deadly car crash, you can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the parties responsible for the conditions that led to the crash. To successfully prove a case of wrongful death against a negligent municipal government, you and your Atlanta wrongful death attorney will need to prove four elements.
In the state of Georgia, you can file a wrongful death lawsuit against a municipal government if you are the surviving spouse, child, parent, or personal representative of the deceased. If you have questions about a wrongful death lawsuit in Atlanta, contact our office today to schedule a free consultation as soon as possible to begin the claims process and collect the compensation your family needs to recover.