When you’re in a car accident, you may know what steps to take after the accident occurs. You call the police, exchange insurance information, seek medical attention, and go on your way. But what happens when you’ve been in an accident with a government vehicle? There are a few things you need to know, including the fact that the time you can file a case against government entities is often a lot shorter.
Your Rights After a Government Vehicle Hits You
What happens if you are driving and a police car in a high-speed chase comes flying by, hitting your car in the process? A car accident involving a government vehicle is different in personal injury cases. You are working with your insurance company and have to work with the government as well. In some instances, government positions are granted immunity by law. This means that the at-fault person for the car crash may be protected legally from recourse, leaving you on the hook for any injuries or property damage.
If you’re involved in an accident with a government vehicle, you should file a claim as soon as possible. The government has a shorter statute of limitations and they can use it to their advantage. If too much time passes, the claim can be closed forever. Depending on the state where the accident occurred, a person has one to six years to file a claim, but the government’s statute of limitations is generally 180 days. If you need help, finding a good attorney can protect your legal rights and preserve your claim.
What Happens After an Accident With a Government Vehicle?
If you file a claim, it’s a good idea to see a medical professional and have a thorough medical examination to back your claim. If the government vehicle was a non-emergency vehicle, like a city garbage truck, it could be easier to get compensation than if a police car hits you. A claim can be more complicated if the accident involves an important government entity.
Let Us Help You
At Synergy Health Partners, we have many years of experience helping clients that have been involved in car accidents. Don’t suffer alone—contact us today to schedule your appointment. We can help you get back on the road to good health!