Police in DeKalb County were called to investigate a wreck involving an ambulance and another vehicle Saturday night. Officers were sent to the intersection of Lavista and Fellowship roads about 11 p.m. Saturday, according to DeKalb police spokeswoman Officer Elise Wells. The ambulance collided with another vehicle, causing it to turn over on its side, but no one in the ambulance was injured in the crash. A patient who was inside the ambulance at the time of the wreck was taken to a hospital by a different medical unit. The driver of the second vehicle had minor injuries, but was not taken to a hospital.

Government vehicles.

 If an accident occurred with a government vehicle, the statute of limitations might be shortened, or a government employee might also have immunity from suits. Some states only offer a six-month window to file a claim, and many have other state-specific pre-filing requirements. If these are not followed, a case can be barred entirely. It is important to speak with a personal injury attorney after an accident with a municipal vehicle to find out what the statute of limitations is for making a claim for damages after an accident near Milton Georgia.  The time limit to file a notice of an injury claim against most cities is six months, and against most counties and the state of Georgia may be 12 months. A skilled personal injury lawyer in Milton Georgia could help an injured victim file a claim within the verfied statute of limitations relevant to the government vehicle involved in the accident.

Insurance and compensation.

Under Georgia law, motor vehicle accident victims have the right to pursue compensation from insurance, whether they were a pedestrian, a cyclist, or riding in a vehicle when an accident occurred.  Georgia is a Comparative Fault State which enables accident victims to seek damages up to 50% if they were partially responsible, but they will not receive any damages if they are 50%, or more responsible for the accident.  Legal action must support a claim of negligence where the victim was owed a duty of care, there was a breach in that duty, and the breach caused the injuries or loss.

Damages and timeline.

Accident damages may include economic and non-economic losses, and punitive damages meant to punish the responsible party.  In Georgia, accident victims have two years from the date of an accident to file a legal claim against a negligent individual, but time limitations are different against government entities. It is best to contact an experienced personal injury attorney at the Imbriale Injury Law Office who can navigate the path with insurance settlements and court awards.

Imbriale Injury Law
13 West Park Square, Suite C1
Marietta, GA 30060
Call Now (678) 445-7423
Fax Number: 678 445 7431

 

Sources:

http://ga.elaws.us/law/section36-92-1

https://dor.georgia.gov/acceptable-proof-insurance

 

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