With winter approaching, Georgia drivers need to be careful navigating potentially hazardous road conditions. Although local governments are responsible for most highway maintenance, Georgia law makes it difficult to hold officials responsible for failing to address even life-threatening hazards. The parents of a deceased child tragically learned this lesson recently from the Georgia Court of Appeals.
Jobling v. Shelton
On January 9, 2011, a major snowstorm hit Cobb County, Georgia, dumping upwards of six inches of snow on the area. Cobb County maintains about 2,500 miles of roads, and the County Department of Transportation was responsible for clearing ice and snow from all of them. The Department prioritized roads as “primary” or “secondary” and proceeded to treat all of them over a period of several days.