Dog bites are more common than one might think. They can occur quite often and usually happen when you least expect it. It is essential to know what to do if you’ve experienced a dog bite and what rights you have under the dog bite laws in Georgia. What Does a Dog Bite Victim Need to Prove in Georgia? According to Georgia’s dog bite statute O.C.G.A. 51-2-7, the victim of the dog bite must prove: The animal is vicious or dangerous; The owner was careless and let the animal “go at liberty,” causing the injury; and The injured person did not do anything to provoke the animal. This statute covers injuries caused by other animals too, not only dogs. Also, animal bites are not the only injury covered. For example, if a dog is loose and knocks you over and, as a result, you hit your head on the pavement, this injury would be covered by the statute. Georgia Negligence Laws Georgia also has negligence laws that pertain to animal injuries. For a victim to prove liability, they must first prove that the animal’s owner had prior knowledge that the animal was vicious or dangerous. They must also show that the owner acted negligently in not making an effort to restrain the animal. It can be difficult to prove liability in dog bite cases. However, if you can prove that the owner let their dog roam freely without a leash in an area where an ordinance requires leashes, this would be enough to prove negligence. Statute of Limitations for Dog Bite Cases A statute of limitations is a law that imposes a time restriction for filing a lawsuit. In Georgia, you have two years after the date of the incident to file a lawsuit for your injuries. Once the injury occurs, the time clock begins to run. If you fail to file your lawsuit within the two-year time period, a judge will likely dismiss your case and you will be unable to recover for your injuries. Why Hire a Georgia Personal Injury Attorney? If you have experienced a dog bite, you should consult with an attorney right away. Dog bite cases can be challenging to navigate, and you may have a difficult time proving the requirements under the statute. An experienced attorney can review the details of your case and give you legal advice. You should also keep the statute of limitations in mind to avoid losing your legal right to file a lawsuit. The Pritchard Injury Firm, led by Zach Pritchard, is dedicated to helping the residents of Bartow County and Northwest Georgia. Zach Pritchard is passionate about helping his clients through a challenging time. He understands the process can be stressful and overwhelming, so he handles every case with care and compassion. Contact us today, and let’s see how we can help you.Read More
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If you sustain injuries in an accident in Cherokee County, make sure to get a copy of your Cherokee County, GA accident report. When you decide to file a lawsuit against another driver or file a claim with the insurance company, you need your accident report as evidence of your damages. Why Do I Need a Cherokee County Accident Report? Cherokee County accident reports contain several pieces of evidence in personal injury cases. When an officer responds to your accident, they report all of the details about the incident including the names of the people involved, witnesses, and potential injuries. Officers usually include who they think is at fault as well. How to Obtain Your Report If the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office responds to your accident, there are three ways for you to obtain a copy of your accident report: in-person, online, or by mail. In-Person To get a copy of your Cherokee County accident report in-person, you must visit the Central Records Office at the following address: Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office HQCentral Records Office498 Chattin DriveCanton, GA 30114Phone: 678-493-4140Hours: Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Get Directions Each copy of your Cherokee County, GA accident report costs $5. Make sure to bring your photo ID. Online The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office offers digital copies of accident reports online through BuyCrash.com. This website serves as the state of Georgia’s repository for accident reports. To search for your Cherokee County, GA accident report, you must have the following information: Last name of at least one driver involved; Date of the crash; VIN number of an involved vehicle; Your driver’s license number; and Report number. Once you find your Cherokee County accident report, you may download a PDF copy for $5. It usually takes around 10 business days after your accident for your report to appear on the website. By Mail To get your Cherokee County accident report by mail, you must fill out a Mail-In Form from LexisNexis and send it to them with payment to the following address: LexisNexis Coplogic Solutions, Inc.142 N Main StreetMartinsville, IN 46151 At this time, LexisNexis only accepts payment in the form of a certified check or money order. They do not accept personal checks or cash. Contact an Experienced Georgia Personal Injury Lawyer If you get into a car accident in Cherokee County, you might need help figuring out who is at fault and getting compensation for your injuries. If so, contact an experienced Georgia personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. At Pritchard Injury Firm, we have several years of experience helping victims get the money they deserve after being injured in a Georgia car accident. We help you gather evidence, including your Cherokee County accident report, to strengthen your case and identify who is responsible for your injuries. If you need help getting your Cherokee County accident report or want to discuss the details of your case, give attorney Zach Pritchard a call at 470-275-1510 for a free consultation.Read More
CLAYTON COUNTY, GA (6/24/2020) – One person died Wednesday afternoon when a stolen U-Haul truck being chased by police crashed into a tree. The crash occurred on I-285 at the exit ramp for southbound I-675. According to Georgia State Patrol, the pursuit began on I-75 near Jonesboro Road and continued northbound on to I-285. The stolen U-Haul truck hit several other cars on I-285 while trying to evade a sheriff’s deputy. When the truck entered the I-675 exit ramp, the sheriff’s deputy attempted a PIT maneuver, which caused the truck to run off the road and strike a tree. Both the driver and the passenger of the stolen U-Haul were rushed to the hospital, where the passenger later died. Police are still investigating the incident. So far, officials haven’t stated what prompted the pursuit. Source: AJC Contact a Knowledgeable Georgia Car Accident Attorney On behalf of Pritchard Injury Firm, we want to express our condolences to those suffering from this accident. As personal injury lawyers, we have experienced first-hand the damage that car accidents can do to a family and other loved ones. By reporting on problems like these, we hope that we can raise awareness for safe driving and advocate for the justice owed to injured victims. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident, contact us today. Our car accident lawyers at Pritchard Injury Firm will do everything they can to make sure you get compensation and justice for your losses. Please note that all information in this post was taken from a second-hand source. If you see anything inaccurate in this post, please notify our office right away.Read More