From mail trucks to garbage trucks and everything in between, there are numerous government vehicles on Georgia's roadways. The government employees who drive them are just as susceptible to lousy driving behaviors—including speeding, distracted driving, drowsy driving, and drunk or drugged driving—as the average motorist.
When a person is injured in an accident caused by a government-owned truck, he or she may be entitled to compensation. However, the rules for suing the government over a personal injury crash differ significantly from those that apply to incidents with another citizen or private company.
An experienced Georgia attorney with intimate knowledge of both the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) and the Georgia Tort Claims Act (GTCA) can help truck accident victims navigate these challenging claims involving government vehicles and employees.
After an accident with a government truck, it's essential for victims to act quickly—both in obtaining legal counsel and filing their claim—as the statute of limitations for such cases is often dramatically shorter than those that govern traditional personal injury claims. The statute of limitations for filing a claim under the FTCA is two years. But in municipal, county, or state cases, the deadline to submit a truck accident case may be as short as 30 days or as long as 180 days (six months). For many people, the severity of their injuries and the length of competent recovery may take two-to-six months. It's difficult to think about much of anything else during this time.
Victims and their attorneys can build a strong case by compiling medical and property damage repair bills, gathering evidence from the scene of the crash, and relying on testimony from eyewitnesses and expert witnesses, like accident reconstructionists.
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Obtaining a fair monetary award for injuries sustained in an accident with a government-owned vehicle is difficult, but not impossible. The skilled attorneys with Van Sant Law will guide you through every step of the legal process and fight for the financial recovery you need and deserve. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free initial consultation.