A jury ordered the city of Atlanta to pay $ 1.4 million to a woman injured in a car accident caused by a missing manhole on a Buckhead road. The city says it is considering an appeal.
On February 8, the Fulton County Supreme Court ruling, reported by the Daily Report, followed the 2016 accident in one of the city's major arteries. According to the lawsuit, plaintiff Pamela Dale, a Buckhead resident, was returning home from her job at the Phipps Plaza mall when her car hit a manhole open in front of Maggiano's Little Italy restaurant at 3386 Peachtree Road. The impact caused the overturning of his car in an accident that injured her.
The lawsuit claimed that the manhole had been installed improperly and the Daily Report reported that a key element of evidence in court was the city's lack of routine inspections of manholes.
The city's press office did not answer the questions on the manhole controls, but issued a brief statement stating that it is considering a recourse to the decision.
"The city is disappointed, but fully respects the jury's decision," reads the note. "Right now, the city is considering its rights of appeal".