Macon is the largest city in the Macon-Warner Robins area, located in the center of the state, hence why the city has the nickname “Heart of Georgia”. After the 2012 Bibb county census, Macon became Georgia’s fourth-largest city with a population of 155,547. There are several institutions of higher education such as Mercer University, Mercer Law School, Middle Georgia State College, Wesleyan College and Central Georgia Technical College as wells as many satellite campus’.
There are also numerous museums and tourism sites such as, The Allman Brothers Band Museum, The Georgia Children’s Museum, Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, Museum of Arts and Sciences and Planetarium and the Tubman African American Museum. There are two airports located in Macon for the residents of Macon. The largest single-site industrial complex in the state of Georgia is Robins Air Force Base, which is located just south of Macon, next to the city of Warner Robins. There is a large amount of festivals held in the city of Macon. The annual International Cherry Blossom Festival, is one of the largest that is held in Macon. Then there is the Mulberry Street Festival, Pan African Festival, Ocmulgee National Monument, The Georgia State Fair and many more music related festivals in Macon.
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 Macon. For instance, they might trip and fall on a defectively designed or hazardous Macon 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 Macon 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 Macon, 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 Macon.
Macon is one of the hot spots of Georgia with its numerous events. When individuals are out at these events they are only looking to have a good time. People are not thinking about the chance of getting into an auto accident, or a possible slip and fall incident, they are just simply looking to have a good time with their friends and family. If you find yourself as one who is victim to an auto accident, trucking accident or slip and fall incident, our attorneys at Falanga and Chalker are the law firm to contact. Our staff is familiar with the Macon area. Our staff members at our Greensboro and Riverdale office locations are only 40 minutes from the Macon area and can come you during this devastating time.
The attorneys at Falanga and Chalker know how difficult it is if you fall victim to an auto accident, truck accident or possible slip and fall incident at one of these many events in Macon. The stress of trying to get back to your normal every day activities is stressful enough. Let the staff at Falanga and Chalker handle the insurance company and help you and your loved ones get back to your everyday life from your injuries. Our staff is trained to help you to get your vehicle fixed, and we are here to help you find the medical attention that is needed to help you get the fair compensation that is due to you from this unfortunate personal injury accident.