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Is the city liable for my child’s pedestrian injury due to lack of sidewalks just outside of the school?

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With children walking to school and drivers coming and going, cities should do their part in providing sidewalks for children to walk to school on. The lack of sidewalks creates hazards for children, as well as all pedestrians, that live nearby and walk in the community.

The city could be held liable for the lack of sidewalks, but they might deny liability. In this case, you can file a lawsuit against the city for dangerous conditions, failing to prevent injuries, and neglecting to provide a safe route for students outside the school. If the city does not settle with you, your case may go all the way to trial and a jury would decide if the city is liable or not.

If your child was hit by a car, the driver of that car might also be liable for speeding, failing to yield to the right-of-way of a pedestrian or distracted driving. For example, the driver may have been texting and driving, traveling well over the posted speed limit, or driving in a reckless and aggressive manner.

In addition to holding the city and driver liable for your child’s injuries, there may be other liable parties in this Georgia pedestrian accident such as the school district and the county. Because there could be multiple parties that could be responsible for your child’s injuries, you should contact an experienced Peachtree City pedestrian injury lawyer to discuss the particulars of your case.

Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith for a free consultation today at 770.487.8999 to find out more about your rights.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia