In 1886, the Central of Georgia Railway ran it’s track and the village of James took place, laying the groundwork for the town of Gray to be founded in 1905. The town of Gray is named after James M. Gray, which was officially chartered in August of 1911. In April, 1961 the name was changed from the Town of Gray to City of Gray. Throughout time, many things have changed in Gray, but one constant is that trains actively run down the tracks through Gray all day long. In 1895 the county seat for Jones County was located in Clinton, but it was in decline with no railroad access and a condemned courthouse. In 1900 the county seat for Jones County was officially moved to Gray and Gray has been prospering ever since. One fourth of Jones County and a large percentage of Gray is federally owned national forest.
Gray is a wonderful environment for someone looking for tranquility and excitement in the same area. Gray has safe streets, rambling rivers, abundant wildlife, excellent schools and wonderful restaurants. Gray is conveniently located within one hour of Atlanta, 15 minutes of Macon and 20 minutes from Milledgeville. For 10 years now, Gray has been hosting an annual Daylily Festival, which is a very popular event. The Daylily Festival in Gray allows vendors from all over the state to display all sorts of food and desserts. The Daylily Festival also hosts a 5K and a Fun Run, in addition to a car show and a corn hole tournament.
Sometimes a person finds themself in a position where they have to make a personal injury claim against a city such as the city of Gray. For instance, they might trip and fall on a defectively designed or hazardous Gray city sidewalk . They may be involved in a car accident or trucking collision involving a city owned vehicle that was negligently driven by a city of Gray employee. Filing and pursuing a personal injury or wrongful death claim against a city governmental agency is tricky and can lead to the denial of your personal injury or wrongful death claim if certain mandatory time restrictions are not met. These mandatory time restrictions are in addition to the two year state of limitations requirement for a personal injury or wrongful death claim. If you have a personal injury or wrongful death claim against a city, county or state government agency, you should immediately seek legal advice from the experienced personal injury attorneys at Falanga and Chalker who can advise you of the notice (called “Ante Litem Notice”) requirements involved with your city, county or state personal injury or wrongful death claims.
For instance, when filing a claim against a city such as the city of Gray, for your personal injury claim, the Georgia state law states as follows:
OCGA § 36–33–5. This statute provides, in relevant part:
1. (a) No person, firm, or corporation having a claim for money damages against any municipal corporation on account of injuries to person or property shall bring any action against the municipal corporation for such injuries, without first giving notice as provided in subsection (b) of this Code section.
(b) Within six months of the happening of the event upon which a claim against a municipal corporation is predicated, the person, firm, or corporation having the claim shall present the claim in writing to the governing authority of the municipal corporation for adjustment, stating the time, place, and extent of the injury, as nearly as practicable, and the negligence which caused the injury. No action shall be entertained by the courts against the municipal corporation until the cause of action therein has first been presented to the governing authority for adjustment.
Additionally, a person is barred from recovering any amounts for personal injury damages that are greater than the amount of the city insurance policy limits as any amounts in excess of the insurance policy limits would be barred under the legal theory known as “Soverign Immunity”. Soverign immunity goes back in time to England where the royal rule of law was that you could not sue the king unless the king said that you could sue him. Therefore, you can’t sue the city except for the amount of their liability insurance policy because they enacted a statute that says that they are immune from any personal injury liability over and above their liability insurance policy limits for any city, including the fine city of Gray.
When you or your loved ones are in Gray and injured in an automobile or trucking accident, please make the right decision and call the experienced attorneys at Falanga and Chalker. The attorneys at Falanga and Chalker have an impeccable track record associated with serving injured victims of Gray, and a history of success when it comes to fighting for their clients and making sure the client gets what is deserved. Insurance companies are trained to trick victims into settling for much, much less then the clients case is truly worth, so don’t fall victim to the insurance companies and call the Law Offices of Falanga and Chalker. Here at Falanga and Chalker, we have an office in Greensboro, Georgia and we would gladly come meet with you in Gray to discuss your personal injury matters further. We are very flexible and can meet at your home, workplace, and doctor’s office or anywhere you feel comfortable. So if you or a loved one is in need of an experienced personal injury attorney, remember that you can’t do better than the law offices of Falanga and Chalker.