If you have been hit by a Miami police car, or any other city’s police car, you may need to file a claim with the local government. There is specific protocol that must be followed to pursue a claim against a government entity. Government agencies are protected from lawsuits, but there are some situations in which a claim can be filed against a government entity, such as a city, for damages incurred.
How To File a Claim For an Accident With a Police Car
If you have been injured in an accident with a Miami police car, or any other city’s police car, you need to know how to properly pursue a claim. To file a claim with the City of Miami, the incident must have happened within the city limits or it must have involved property that is owned by the city.
To report the claim, you will need to call (877) 647-4545 to report the claim. You will need to provide details about the incident along with your full name and contact information. If you can provide a police report, photos of the incident scene and the damages, repair estimates, medical bills, and so forth, it could help speed up the process.
When you file your claim with the city, a claims adjuster will be assigned to your claim within 24 to 48 hours. The adjuster will thoroughly investigate your claim and then you will receive written notification of the outcome in writing.
If you cannot reach a satisfactory agreement with Miami, or any other city, you may be able to pursue a lawsuit at that point. There is a statute of limitations for pursuing a claim after an accident, and any lawsuit must be filed within three years of the date of the injury.
How To Prove the Police Car Was at Fault
You will need to show that the city’s police car was to blame for the accident for you to have a successful claim and recover damages. As an example, you will need an accident report, photos of the accident scene, and statements from any witnesses.
Any video footage, such as a dash camera or traffic camera, could be helpful to your claim. If you cannot prove that the police car was to blame for your accident, you will not be able to recover compensation for your damages. To have a successful claim, you will need to show that all four elements of negligence apply to your situation and that the driver of the police car was negligent and that caused your crash.
Get Help When Filing a Claim Against a City
If you have been involved in an accident with a Miami police car, or any other city’s police car, you should enlist a personal injury lawyer to help you get your claim underway. Claims against government entities are especially tricky, so you may want to make sure you have someone familiar with the claims process and the applicable laws representing you. Complete the Free Case Evaluation Form today!
*Disclaimer: The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against the city of Miami, or the state
government of Florida, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.