How Ignoring Posted Warning Signs Could Increase Liability

Atlanta, GA Car Accident Lawyer Kathy McArthur

Video Transcript:

Rob Rosenthal:

How can posted warnings change a driver's level of responsibility? We asked Georgia attorney Kathy McArthur in this Ask the Lawyers Quick Question.

Kathy McArthur:

Well, it does change it from the standpoint of, and every state has their own laws about punitive damages, and punitive damages are damages that are awarded in addition to the damages for the specific injuries or the value of a life. Punitive damages are awarded to deter conduct to try to keep it from ever happening again. And in Georgia, we would be entitled to ask for punitive damages if we could find that the conduct of the driver was so reckless and irresponsible and had conscious disregard for the safety and lives of other people, then we could ask for punitive damages, which increases the volume of damages that could be awarded by a jury. I'm just concerned in this case as to whether there's gonna be enough insurance coverage to cover all of the damage caused by this.

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