Fulton County Personal Injury Lawyer
With over a million residents, Fulton County is the most populous county in the state of Georgia. Whether you live in the heart of Atlanta or further up north in Alpharetta, Johns Creek or Sandy Springs, you likely encounter more than your fair share of daily traffic, distracted drivers, speeding motorcycles, and 18-wheelers plying the highways.
Accidents can happen any time, and not just on the road. Millions slip and fall every year while at work, out shopping, or living in a nursing home. Medical malpractice happens so often it has been considered the third leading cause of death in the United States.
The common element running through car, truck and motorcycle accidents, slip and fall premises liability, nursing home injuries and medical malpractice is that often somebody else’s negligence is to blame. Any injury can be costly, painful, and disruptive to your life, but when the accident was someone else’s fault, this fact adds insult to the injury, especially when you have to endure the costs and suffering on your own. Fortunately, Georgia personal injury law allows you to recover compensation that pays for your medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering, provided you can prove the other party’s fault and liability to you for your damages. This isn’t easy to do, but Hawkins Spizman can help. Our Fulton County personal injury trial lawyers have the skills and experience necessary to prove your claim and convince the insurance company to settle for an appropriate amount or go to court for a jury verdict on your case. We know what your case is worth, we understand how insurance companies operate, and our Fulton County personal injury lawyers are thoroughly familiar with the Georgia court system.
Call Hawkins Spizman for immediate assistance after any Fulton County personal injury, including:
- Distracted Driving Car Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Negligent Nursing Home Care
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Premises Liability (Slip and Fall)
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Brain Injury
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Trucking Accidents
- Uber Car Accidents
- Wrongful Death
What is the Law in Fulton County for Electric Scooters and E-Scooter Accidents and Injuries?
Electric scooters, also known as e-scooters, are devices weighing less than 100 pounds that are equipped with handlebars and an electric motor and capable of reaching a maximum speed of 20 miles per hour. The rider stands upright on the scooter deck and uses the handlebars to steer, stop and maintain balance. The popularity of e-scooters has exploded in Fulton County ever since they were first introduced in 2017 by app-based rental companies such as Lime, Bird and Spin. These companies allow a person to pick up a scooter wherever they find one with a few taps on their smartphone, ride it where they like, and drop it off when they are done.
Scooters are fun, relatively easy to ride, and highly accessible just about everywhere you go in the city. These same features can also make scooters a likely source of accidental injury. People fall from scooters and suffer cuts, bruises, broken bones, and even brain injuries. People run their scooters into fixed objects or moving vehicles, or even worse, they get hit by a moving car or truck while riding their scooter on the road. Pedestrians also find themselves in harm’s way when they get knocked down by a scooter or trip and fall over a scooter carelessly left on the sidewalk. Who is liable in a scooter accident, and who pays the accident victim compensation for their injuries when another party is to blame? These questions are complicated and require the help of an experienced Fulton County personal injury lawyer to sort out.
Georgia state law currently does not have much to say about e-scooters. A bill passed the state senate in 2020 that would define electric scooters as motor vehicles but otherwise leave it to local governments to regulate their use as they see fit, including limiting their use or requiring liability insurance if they chose. This bill is currently stalled in the state house of representatives and has not yet been passed into law.
Atlanta passed a city ordinance (18-O-1332) in 2018 regarding “shareable dockless mobility devices.” One feature of this ordinance is to outlaw any handheld cell phone use, including texting or talking, while riding on an e-scooter in the city. Also under the ordinance, e-scooters can be ridden on the roadway but not on sidewalks or crosswalks. While on the road, scooter riders must obey the rules of the road, including riding in the direction of traffic and yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks. Scooter riders may justifiably be intimidated about riding their scooters on the road, but pedestrians on the sidewalk are just as nervous about seeing a scooter heading their way or hearing one come up behind them.
The question of who is at fault in a scooter accident, whether scooter versus vehicle or scooter versus pedestrian, can be especially challenging to sort out. The insurance company responsible for paying damages will most likely want to paint the accident victim as at least partially at fault, in order to reduce the amount they have to pay or escape liability altogether. In Georgia, accident victims can recover compensation from the other negligent party so long as their own negligence is less than 50% to blame. At Hawkins Spizman, we work just as hard defending you against unfounded claims of your own negligence as we do fighting to prove the other party’s negligence and liability to you.
Call Hawkins Spizman for Immediate Help With a Fulton County Personal Injury Claim
If you have been injured in a car accident, slip and fall or other instance of negligence in Fulton County, or if you have lost a family member due to the negligence or wrongful conduct of another, call Hawkins Spizman at 770-685-6400 for a free case evaluation. Call us anytime to get in touch with a skilled and experienced Fulton County trial lawyer dedicated to getting you the care and compensation you need after a serious injury accident.