What should you do if you’re in an accident involving a City or State vehicle?
City and State vehicles are always on the road in Arizona. You drive by and you seem them usually working on roads, signs, lights, and much…much more.
But what happens if you end up in an accident where it’s the driver's fault of a city or state owned vehicle? What do you do?
Are your rights the same?
Are the steps to protecting your rights any different compared to any other kind of car accident?
Answer: No and No.
We’ve come up with a list of things you should do to ensure that you are protected.
- Always get medical attention. Simply put, if you’re hurt, go see a doctor. Don’t debate it. Do it.
- Obtain a police report of the accident. Make sure you have this to give to your attorney
- Determine that the other vehicle is indeed a Government entity and not a private party
- Determine what agency it is that you were involved in an accident with. This is crucial.
- Make sure you have all evidence ready to present. All photographs, paperwork, and any other form of evidence can prove vital for your case
- Get in touch with an experienced personal injury law firm. Experience matters in these types of cases.
Decades ago, if injured by a government employee, you had no rights to present a claim or file a lawsuit.
This was based upon the old England theory that "The King can do no wrong". No longer the case in Arizona.
Today, the government is subject to the same rules as everyone else. If you break it, you buy it. No matter who you are or who you work for.
However, the procedures in bringing a claim against the government are different.
Namely, the time frames are much shorter.
Typically, if injured in an accident caused by a governmental employee, a victim has no more than 180 days to accomplish specific steps to present and preserve their rights.
Our advise: Seek the opinion and assistance of an experienced personal injury lawyer.
These claims can be tricky and confusing, and one mis-step could mean the end of your case before you can ever present it.
Don't lose your rights because you don't yet know what they are.
These are only a few tips that you should take into account when dealing with any kind of Government entity….