Forest Park, Georgia is a city in Clayton County and is located approximately nine miles south of Atlanta. At Millar & Mixon, LLC, we focus our practice on representing persons seriously injured in car accidents in the Forest Park and Clayton County area, including the heavily traveled Interstate 75 and Interstate 285.
Forest Park is centrally located in the northern part of Clayton County, five miles directly east of Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport. Due to the city’s close proximity, the economy of Forest Park is heavily linked to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The airport’s largest carrier, Delta Air Lines, also has offices and operations located within Clayton County. There are several industrial areas of cargo and warehousing activity in Forest Park, which is also close to a major highway interchange. The largest amount of industrial activity in Forest Park is located along Old Dixie Highway.
Traffic conditions vary along the city’s three major corridors: Forest Parkway (SR 331), Old Dixie Highway (US 19/41) and Jonesboro Road. Interstate 75, near Interstate 285, experiences acute congestion during the morning and late afternoon peak hours. Between Forest Park residents commuting to work and large truck traffic from the airport-related cargo and warehousing activity, vehicle crashes occur frequently. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33 people were fatally injured in Clayton County vehicle accidents in 2008. The car accident lawyers of Millar & Mixon, LLC have already helped hundreds of clients throughout the state of Georgia who were seriously injured in accidents. An investigation into what caused the accident or the severity and extent of your injuries may be harmed by any delay in obtaining legal counsel.
The primary source of medical care in Clayton County is Southern Regional Medical Center, a 406-bed, medical/surgical facility located in Riverdale, Georgia. The center provides a wide range of state-of-the-art services for Forest Park, GA residents.
Incorporated in August 1908, Forest Park’s 9.3 square miles was a “wood and water stop” for the Central of Georgia railroad. The city’s nickname, “Stump Town” originated from an observation of the number of tree-stumps left as trees were cut for train fuel. Forest Park has developed into one of the largest cities in Clayton County, with a population of approximately 21,447.
Early settlers were primarily farming families, and Forest Park’s State Farmers Market is now the distribution hub for the Southeast and Eastern Seaboard. Boasting 146 acres, the state-owned market contributes $3 billion to the local economy. Fort Gillem, a satellite installation of the U.S. Army Garrison, Fort McPherson, is also in Forest Park, Georgia.
Forest Park residents involved in a car, pedestrian, motorcycle, or bicycle accident involving a Clayton County resident typically have their case heard at the State Court of the Clayton Judicial Circuit, located at the Harold R. Banke Justice Center in Jonesboro. The State Court hears all misdemeanor violations, including traffic cases and all civil actions, such as personal injury lawsuits, regardless of the amount claimed, unless the Superior Court of the Clayton Judicial Circuit has exclusive jurisdiction. If a Forest Park resident is filing a civil suit a person, the lawsuit is filed in the county where the defendant lives. If a Forest Park, Georgia resident is suing a business, the lawsuit is filed in the county where the business is run or the county where the business is incorporated.
Forest Park manages to combine southern charm and a hometown atmosphere with a pro-business attitude. Just outside of Forest Park, Clayton State University provides residents with opportunities for higher education and the chance to enjoy events at the University’s world-class Spivey Hall. Forest Park residents have a short drive into Atlanta where fine dining, a vibrant nightlife scene, seven professional sports teams, and a wide range of attractions and events help the city live up to its reputation as the entertainment center of the south.