If you have been hit by a police car it is possible you have suffered damages. While sovereign immunity protects government entities from lawsuits, there are specific guidelines in place that allow individual to pursue a claim against a government entity, such as a city, if the city or its employee acted negligently and that caused your losses. You will need to make sure you follow proper procedure to get your claim underway before the deadline, and you need to make sure all documents are properly filed.
How To File A Claim For An Accident With A Police Car
If you have been hit by a police car, you will need to gather supporting evidence and file your claim against the city. You must file your claim with the Office of the City Clerk. Claimants are required to complete the city’s claim form, which is available on the city website and then submit the completed form with the supporting documentation either in person or by snail mail. You should maintain copies of all documents.
The claim will be forwarded to the City’s Liability Claims Administrator. Claimants are notified within 45 days what action will be taken. If the administrator recommends the claim is denied, the claim will be submitted to the city for a final rejection, which would be the official response. You will be sent a letter notifying of you of the city’s actions and informing you of any further actions you can pursue.
How To Prove The Police Car Was At Fault
When you pursue a claim against another party after an accident, you must prove negligence. There are four elements of negligence and you must show that they apply to your specific situation. When you have proven negligence applies to your situation, then you can have a successful personal injury claim and recoup compensation for your damages.
You will need supporting evidence and documentation, such as the accident report, photos of the accident scene and of the damages, repair estimates, witness statements, medical records, and medical bills. The more supporting documentation that you have, the stronger your claim against the city. Your personal injury attorney will review the details of your claim, investigate the crash, and gather any additional evidence that may be available to support your claim.
Get Help When Filing A Claim Against The City
All personal injury claims can be challenging, but those filed against a government entity, especially a city, can be even more difficult. They require additional protocol to be followed a specific process must be adhered to and a detailed timeline must be followed, or you will not be able to recoup compensation for your damages.
You will need to enlist the help of a personal injury attorney who is familiar with the state and local laws that apply to your accident with a police car. Complete the Free Case Evaluation Form today to get your claim underway before time runs out.
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 Sacramento, or the state
government of California, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.