Car accidents are abundant in California, due to busy roadways and distracted drivers. While it is never pleasant dealing with injuries from an accident, it can be even more difficult if government vehicles are involved. The following is an overview of the law as it pertains to government vehicle accidents and what to do if you were injured.
Filing A Claim
The law does not allow drivers in California to file a lawsuit against government agencies in every instance. If you were injured in an accident where there was a faulty traffic signal or road sign, you cannot sue the government for compensation. However, you can seek compensation against the government if you can prove the at-fault driver was negligent. Since this can be confusing, it is best to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney to protect your rights.
Statute Of Limitations
There is a certain amount of time the law allows for the filing of personal injury lawsuits. In a typical car accident case in California, injured drivers have 2 years to file a lawsuit in court. However, when one party is in a government issued vehicle and an employee, the law only allows 6 months for filing. Failure to adhere to this time frame could cause your case to be thrown out of court.
Before filing a lawsuit in court, you must first file a claim with the government agency involved in the accident. If the agency refuses to provide compensation, you have another 6 months to file the case in court.
The law allows injured drivers to sue for certain damages after an automobile accident. Some things that you may be compensated for are:
- Cost Of Alternate Transportation
- Hospital Fees
- Doctor Visits
- Therapy Costs
- Cost Of Medical Devices Such As Crutches Or Wheelchairs
- Loss Of Income
- Future Lost Income If You Are Disabled Due To An Accident
Contact a personal injury attorney if you have been involved in an accident with a government employee. During an initial consultation, an attorney will examine your case and advise you in the best way to move forward with your case. Hiring an attorney is an important part of any personal injury case, but especially when a government agency is involved because they will be represented by experienced attorneys.