If you suffered injuries in an accident with a city vehicle, you might be able to recover compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim.
What Kinds of Damages Might Result From an Accident
An accident involving a city buscould be life-altering. You could be injured as a passenger, or you could be injured as a pedestrian or as an occupant in another vehicle.
Regardless of the nature of the accident, report it to the proper authorities and make sure an accident report is filed.
If possible, take photos of the accident scene. Be sure to establish medical care right away, as that is an important part of your personal injury claim.
Keep all documentation to support our claim, such as medical bills, receipts for prescriptions, proof of missed work and lost wages, and repair estimates.
Here are some common damages claimed in such accidents.
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- Property damages
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
Pursuing a Personal Injury Claim
If you suffered damages in an accident with city transit and you believe it was caused by negligence, you can pursue a personal injury claim against the city.
Government entities have sovereign immunity, but the Tort Claims Act allows claims under specific guidelines.
The claim form must be completed in detail and you must include supporting evidence, clearly state the facts, and say why you think they are responsible for your damages.
You will also have to indicate how much you want to be compensated and provide proof of expenses.
If your claim isn’t accepted or approved within 60 days after submission, it is denied. You will then have a year to file a lawsuit.
Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney
If you have suffered injuries in an accident involving the city, you should consult with a personal injury attorney who practices in that area.
Accident injury lawyers work on a contingency basis, so you have nothing at all to lose. Your lawyer will not be paid until you are compensated for your damages.
To have a personal injury attorney to review the details of your case and decide how to proceed, 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 Valley Metro, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.