Hillsborough Area Regional Transit, known as HART, provides public transportation services throughout the Hillsborough County, Florida, area. It offers fixed-route local and express bus service, flex-route connector services, door-to-door para-transit service, and a light version of bus rapid transit.
HART also manages the TECO Line Streetcar System. HART offers light rail, bus service, and paratransit service throughout the Tampa area. Founded in 1980, it has 49 routes, two hubs, 10 stations, and a fleet of 214. Its daily ridership is 40,000 people.
If you have been involved in an accident with a HART vehicle and you believe it was caused by the negligence of HART or one of its employees, you might be able to recover damages through a personal injury claim.
What Kinds of Damages Might Be Suffered in an Accident with HART?
If you have been involved in an accident with HART either as a passenger or as a pedestrian or while operating your own vehicle, you might have suffered life-altering injuries and serious damages.
First, report the accident to the proper authorities. An accident report should be completed.
If possible, get photos of the accident scene and the contact details for any witnesses. Establish medical care right away. Failing to establish medical care will have a negative impact on your accident injury claim.
Document all your damages and maintain thorough records, such as medical records, medical bills, proof of missed work and lost wages, and repair estimates.
Here are some common damages claimed after such accidents.
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future lost wages
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Property damages
Pursuing a Personal Injury Claim Against HART
You can pursue a personal injury claim against HART if you can show negligence on behalf of HART or its employees. But, pursuing a personal injury claim against a government agency is not the same as pursuing a claim against an individual.
Government entities have sovereign immunity, but because of legislation enacted by states, they can be held liable in some situations. A Statement of Claim form must be filled out in detail, signed, notarized and submitted along with supporting evidence.
If your claim is denied, or you don’t get a response, you can then file a lawsuit to try to recoup compensation for your damages.
Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney
Because personal injury claims against government entities are so challenging, you should consult with a personal injury attorney who is licensed in Florida if an accident with HART left you with injuries.
An accident injury lawyer is familiar with the local and state laws regarding such claims and can help you ensure all documentation is provided in a timely manner and that all deadlines are met.
Personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis, so you have nothing to lose. Your lawyer will not be paid until you have been awarded compensation for your damages suffered in the accident with HART.
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*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 HART or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.