Getting involved in a car accident can be overwhelming. If the accident involves a city or state owned vehicle, it can be even more daunting. It is a common misconception that when you hit or get hit by a city or state owned vehicle, you have no grounds for legal action. However, you do have options.
Here is a list of things you can do after a car accident involving a city or a state-owned vehicle:
Get a police report:
After an accident with a city or a state-owned vehicle, make sure to get a police report. A car accident usually involves the police at some point of time. A police report can be helpful because it will include details of the crash including the names and contact information of those involved in the crash. It will also include a brief description of the event surrounding the accident. To obtain the police report, you may have to pay a fee. However, the police report will be extremely important to the case.
Make sure the other party is the government party:
It is extremely important to determine that the other party involved in the accident is the government, and not a private party. A vehicle may look like it is operated by the government, but in reality, it is owned and operated by a private company. It’s always good to double check to know what you are up against. If you still aren’t sure if the vehicle involved in the accident is affiliated with the city or was privately owned, consult with an attorney.
Find the appropriate agency:
Sometimes, it is not immediately apparent what part of the government a vehicle belongs to. However, finding the appropriate government agency is imperative if you would like to take legal action. You may need to contact the other driver involved in the accident. Contacting the other driver should not be difficult as long as you made sure to exchange information at the scene of the accident.
File a government claim for damages:
Filing a government claim for damages is necessary. Before you can sue in the civil court, you will need to file an administrative claim with the government. The administrative claim goes directly to the city or state government’s legal teams, who will then evaluate the claim for damage or injury. The government has several months to either settle or reject the claim. However, if they reject the claim, you can sue them.
Organize your documents:
When you deal with the government, it is important that you are organized. Get all your photos, papers, documents, and bills in order. If you are not efficiently organized, there is a risk that your claim will be thrown out or not taken seriously.
Contact Car Accident Attorneys at The Reinken Law Firm
If you have been involved in a car accident involving a city or state vehicle in Connecticut, contact car accident attorneys at The Reinken Law Firm. We are confident about taking your case to the court and recovering compensation. Call 203-541-0090 / 800-987-8780 for a free consultation.