Can I Sue the City of Denver If I’m Injured by an RTD Bus? | Denver Injury Lawyers
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Denver County’s Regional Transportation District (RTD) is the public agency that facilitates various public transportation options throughout the Denver Metro area. The Denver area is full of RTD buses, which means there is a chance you may be involved in an accident with one of these buses.
If you are injured by an RTD bus, you may be able to sue the City of Denver for your injuries. The Denver bus accident attorneys at Zinda Law Group can answer your questions and advise you on all your legal rights so you can make an informed decision on your best path forward.
To learn more about how our firm can help you, call Zinda Law Group today at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free consultation with our experienced bus accident lawyers in Denver.
Was the City Negligent?
In order to bring a suit against the City of Denver, you will need to prove that the RTD bus or driver was negligent in some way. You will also need to prove that this negligence is what caused your injuries.
If you are not able to prove that the government was negligent in some way, you will likely not be able to pursue your claim against the city of Denver.
Broadly defined, "governmental immunity" refers to the legal doctrine and statues that provide municipalities (cities) and other local government entities immunity from tort-based claims. Each state has the power to grant cities and other political subdivisions governmental immunity, as well as determine when that immunity can be waived.
The Colorado Governmental Immunity Act, C.R.S. § 24-10-106, provides that governmental immunity is waived for the following categories:
- Operation of a motor vehicle, except emergency;
- Dangerous condition of building;
- Dangerous condition of street; and
- Operation or maintenance of public water facility, gas facility, sanitation facility, electrical facility, power facility, swimming facility.
If you are injured by an RTD bus, governmental immunity would be waived because it falls within the operation of a motor vehicle category.
File a Notice of Claim Against the City of Denver
If you believe that the city of Denver is responsible for your injuries, you should notify the city by filing a notice of claim within 182 days. This notice will alert the city that you are intending to sue them for your injuries.
You should submit the notice to the mayor’s office with as much supporting documentation as possible. Your notice of claim should comply with the provisions of the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act notice requirements. C.R.S. § 24-10-109.
Your notice of claim must contain the following:
- Your name and address (phone number and e-mail are not required, but it is a good idea to include this information as well);
- If you are represented by an attorney, provide their name and address;
- The date, time place and circumstances of the accident;
- If any public employee was involved (like the bus driver) you should provide their name and address;
- A concise statement of the nature and extent of damages you suffered; and
- The amount of monetary damages requested (provide any bills that establish this amount to make it easier).
Our Denver Bus Accident Attorneys Can Help
At Zinda Law Group, our car accident lawyers have helped thousands of crash victims get their lives back on track after being injured. We have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you pursue maximum compensation for medical bills, lost income, property damage, pain and suffering, and all the other ways your injury has cost you.
We will investigate the accident, establish negligence, negotiate with the insurance companies, and handle every other legal aspect of your claim while you focus on what is most important: your recovery. And as one of our clients, you will pay nothing unless we win your case.
Meetings with attorneys are available by appointment only.