Thousands of people in Atlanta hit the road every day. The city’s streets are often filled with public and private vehicles. If you have recently been in an accident with a government-owned passenger vehicle, such as a bus, you should know what steps to take to protect your best interests.
Just as you would with any incident, you should always alert the police and file a police report. This gives you official proof of what you, the other driver and any witnesses say happened. You can submit this to your insurance company as well.
If the driver of the bus is at fault for the incident, you may want to consider filing a claim against the government entity to ensure you receive the most possible compensation. There is procedure you must follow, or else you risk losing compensation. Under the state tort claims policy, you cannot file any lawsuit until you have given the entity notice. Any notice to a city or county should be sent within six months of the incident. If the bus is owned by the state government, you have up to two years to give notice.
In your notice, you should include the following:
- What your injuries and other damages are
- When and where the accident took place
- Why the government entity was negligent
It is possible that the government will try to settle with you to avoid a lawsuit. If they deny your claim, you have the right to take further legal action. In either case, you should hear back from them within 30 days.
While this information may be useful, it should not be taken as legal advice.