If an accident involving a city vehicle left you with injuries, and you believe the transit authority is at fault, you might be able to recoup compensation for your damages.
What Kinds of Damages Might Be Suffered in an Accident?
If you were involved in an accident with a city bus or train, you might be able to recoup compensation for your damages. You could suffer life-altering injuries in an accident.
Always notify the proper authorities after such an accident, so an accident can be completed. Establish medical treatment right away, or you might destroy your chances to have a successful personal injury claim.
Maintain documentation to show your damages, such as medical records, medical bills, proof of missed work and lost wages, and repair estimates.
Here are just a few of the damages that might be applicable after an accident with public transit:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damages
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
Pursuing a Personal Injury Claim
Government entities have sovereign immunity, so pursuing a personal injury claim against them is much different than a claim filed against an individual.
A notice of claim form must be acquired from the city’s website and you must file it to tell them you intend to make a claim. The form must be filed with supporting documentation no later than 12 months after your accident.
The claim will be investigated to determine if they are liable. If you don’t get a response, or if the claim is rejected, you can pursue a personal injury claim just as you would do with an individual.
You should include the accident report, witness statements, photos of the accident scene, and anything else that you have that can support your claim and prove damages.
Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney
If you have suffered injuries in an accident with a city bus, and you believe the transit authority is responsible for your damages, you should consult with a personal injury attorney.
A lawyer stays current on all the state and local laws and will know how to properly proceed with your claim. Because personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis, you have nothing to lose.
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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 Tulsa Transit or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.