When You Have Been Injured in a Government Truck Accident

What are government trucks? There are many types of vehicles that the government owns, such as emergency vehicles like fire trucks and ambulances, road construction trucks, municipal trucks that plow the roads, and so many more. If you have been injured in an accident caused by one of these vehicles, the first thing you may ask is: Who will cover my injuries? Luckily, we can help you figure out these details and help you in the midst of your accident.

Government Protection

In the past, people were at quite a loss when they were injured in one of these specific accidents, as the government was completely immune in personal injury and death-related lawsuits. This was known as the Doctrine of Sovereign Immunity. This was a common occurrence because the government believed that they were above the law in these cases and they would be denied. Luckily, this does not happen anymore and the government can be held liable.

However, there are still limits on these cases and standards that must be met. For instance, you only have two years to file your claim from the starting date of your truck accident. You must be able to outline the facts of your case and include a specific dollar amount of “damages” stemming from the truck accident. Within six months, you will usually receive an answer on your claim and could be compensated as such. If your claim is denied, however, you must file a lawsuit within six months.

For your claim to be successful, you must prove that the employee was negligent, such as running a red light, driving drunk while on the job, making an illegal U-turn, and more. The employee must have been “on the clock” at the time of the accident, which means that they were doing something for the benefit of a government agency. Otherwise, you will have an ordinary personal injury claim. It may benefit you to speak to an attorney when the government is involved in your personal injury case. We are waiting to hear from you to get started on your case and answer all of your questions.