What to Do If You’re in an Accident with SORTA*

If you have been involved in an accident with a city vehicle, you might be able to recoup compensation through a personal injury claim.

What Damages Might Result From an Accident?

You might be a streetcar passenger who suffers injuries because of a fall off the streetcar caused by a faulty part on the vehicle, you might be a passenger on a bus that crashes, or you could be a pedestrian hit by a bus.

Any of these accidents could lead to serious injuries. Always notify the proper authorities and make sure an accident report is completed.

Establish medical care right away. Gather documentation to support your claim, such as medical bills, proof of missed work and lost wages, medical records, repair estimates, and photos of damages and injuries.

Here are common damages claimed in such accidents.

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Past and future lost wages
  • Property damages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent scarring and disfigurement
  • Disabilities
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium

Pursuing a Personal Injury Claim

You can pursue a personal injury claim against the city, but it is not the same as pursuing a claim against an individual. The Tort Claims Act comes into play since government agencies have sovereign immunity.

You can pursue legal action if specific protocol is followed. In general, the law allows two years from the date of injury to pursue a personal injury claim.

But, city laws can vary or change. You would need to go to the Cincinnati city website and go under the law section to file a damage claim.

You will need to follow the detailed instructions and provide supporting documentation. Some states have limits how much you can recover, for example in some situations it might only be your insurance deductible.

Consult with a Cincinnati Personal Injury Attorney

If you have suffered injuries because of an accident, you should consult with a personal injury attorney who is licensed to practice in the relevant state, so he or she is familiar with the state and local laws.

Accident injury lawyers work on a contingency basis, so you have nothing to lose. Complete the Free Case Evaluation Form today to have your claim details reviewed.

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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 SORTA, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.