Chattanooga Personal Injury Lawyers: Determining Liability in an Accident

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A 19-year-old pedestrian was critically injured when he was struck by a vehicle recently on Workman Avenue, according to an article from WRCB. While at first blush, the story seems to be a matter of hit-and-run — and may very well be — details on the condition of the road are now being discussed as well.

The young man’s mother, grandmother, and Alton Park Development Corporation apparently complained to the city numerous times about the dangerous road, the article stated, requesting speed bumps to slow down area traffic or sidewalks to provide pedestrians with a safer place to walk. One city councilman has requested that the city’s sidewalk budget be doubled, and a statement from the mayor’s office indicates that the council was, in fact, aware of the unsafe conditions on Workman Avenue before the accident occurred.

When a person has been injured in an accident, sometimes determining who is liable is not a simple matter. While the driver of a car bears a strong burden for operating that vehicle in a safe manner, Tennessee municipalities are also liable when they have “actual or constructive knowledge” of a dangerous condition on a roadway that they have control of.  Because liability isn’t always cut-and-dry, it is good to have the experience of a good personal injury firm on your side.

If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, the Chattanooga Personal Injury Lawyers of the McMahan Law Firm can help you understand the compensation that is available for you under the law and will fight to get you the money you deserve. Don’t leave it to the insurance companies to determine who is responsible or how much your case is worth. For more information, contact us today.

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