In the summer of 2017, a college student at Georgia Tech was riding his bike on a designated bike path when a trucker, who did not see him, struck him. The 22-year-old was seriously injured; he suffered a crushed skull, partial blindness, a loss of cognitive skills, and multiple fractures.
A senior in the aerospace program, his potential career was over. The student filed suit against both Georgia Tech and the city of Atlanta and claimed they both knew that the bike lanes were too narrow. In 2017 alone, the same year the student was struck by the trucker, four other bicyclists had been hit, but did not sustain serious injuries. The lawsuit also showed the city had been put on notice that a fix should have happened immediately. That notification had been sent months before the student’s accident. The city attorney advised, and council members concurred, to settle the case for $2.75 million.
When someone is injured or dies as a result of an accident, financial recovery may be available. Such recovery is particularly important when permanent, life-changing injuries are incurred. It is important to contact someone who understands the intricacies of the injured party’s right to recover.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by calling 713-222-7211 or toll-free at 1-800-594-4884. Abraham Watkins offers a free consultation to anyone wishing to pursue a claim for such injuries or fatalities.