Can I Sue the City of Colorado Springs If I’m Injured by a Mountain Metro Bus? | Colorado Springs Injury Lawyers
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After being involved in an accident with a Mountain Metro bus, you may be left with physical and financial damages that entitle you to compensation. However, you may have difficulty in determining who is specifically to blame for your injuries.
If you have been hurt in an accident with a Mountain Metro bus, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with an experienced Colorado Springs bus accident lawyer.
Who’s to Blame for the Accident?
You may be able to sue the City of Colorado Springs to recover damages resulting from the accident. However, it is important to understand that suing governmental entities is more challenging than bringing a claim against a private person or company.
This is because in addition to proving liability and negligence, you must also get past sovereign immunity. Sovereign immunity refers to the government’s immunity from a lawsuit. The following is what you need to know if you are going to bring a claim against the City of Colorado Springs.
Colorado Governmental Immunity
The Colorado Governmental Immunity Act, C.R.S. § 24-10-106, provides that individuals may not file claims against governmental entities unless the claim falls within one of the waived areas of sovereign immunity and there is governmental negligence involved. Waivers fall into eight general areas; the waiver that is applicable to this type of claim is: “The operation of a motor vehicle, owned or leased by such public entity, by a public employee while in the course of employment.” C.R.S. § 24-10-106 (1)(a).
The Mountain Metro bus is owned and operated by the City of Colorado Springs, therefore this waiver of sovereign immunity would apply to the case. However, this is not enough to bring a claim. You will also need to prove that the Mountain Metro bus was negligent in some way.
Negligence means the failure to use reasonable care, which resulted in damage or injury to another person. Just like in any personal injury claim, you must prove that the government was negligent and this caused your injuries.
If you are injured by the Mountain Metro bus, you should prove that the driver of the bus was negligent in some way. Without proving there was governmental negligence, you will not be able to pursue a claim against the city.
Notice of Claim Requirement
If you have a case against the City of Colorado Springs, you have to file a notice of claim within 180 days of the accident. A notice of claim is a notification of your intent to sue the city. Your notice of claim must contain the following information:
- Date and time of the accident
- Location of the accident
- Police case number (if applicable)
- Statement about what happened
- Amount of Damages you are seeking
- Your personal information (name, address, phone number)
Our Colorado Springs Bus Accident Lawyers Can Help
At Zinda Law Group, our Colorado Springs injury lawyers have helped thousands of accident victims get their lives back on track after a crash. We have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you build the strongest claim possible and pursue maximum compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost income, pain and suffering, and much more.
Our firm also believes that an injury victim should never have to worry about being able to afford excellent legal representation. That is why we offer 100% free consultations, and why you will pay nothing unless we achieve a favorable settlement, judgment, or verdict for your case. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.
If you have been injured in an accident with a Mountain Metro bus, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 to receive your free consultation with one of our experienced injury lawyers in Colorado Springs. Meetings with attorneys by appointment only.