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Personal Injury & Government Vehicle Accidents

Posted September 20, 2022 in Uncategorized
Personal Injury & Government Vehicle Accidents

Vehicular Accident Lawyer

Once upon a time, it used to be that government vehicles were exempted from personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits brought against them. As a matter of fact, the government was previously protected by what was known as the doctrine of sovereign immunity. This “safety blanket” provided protection to all governmental units and sub-parts from lawsuits brought against them due to accidents or personal injuries that the employees may have caused as a result of their work. It should be noted that the doctrine was developed at a time when rulers, such as kings, believed that they were above the law and any grievances that their subjects may have had against them. 

A few years ago, thanks to the efforts of lawmakers, a number of tort claim laws were passed in the hope of righting the scales of justice, coming to the aid of the people and removing the heirs of dictatorship that have lasted for centuries and been observed and practiced for a very long time. As a government employee, you will lose your sovereign immunity when you commit a certain type of wrongful act, and this will make you susceptible to legal action. A vehicular accident lawyer from The Lynch Law Group explains that a recently passed and implemented law carries the intention of holding local governments, counties, and states responsible for injuries and fatalities caused by car accidents, as well as other governmental entities.

By waiving sovereign immunity under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), private parties are allowed to sue the government and its officials for acts committed by individuals acting on behalf of the government. The Federal Tort Claims Act allows individuals to recover damages from federal employees acting in official capacities who fail to exercise legal care when they violate the law. The government may be liable for an automobile accident even if it is not at fault, which is one of the most common exceptions to governmental immunity. This kind of incident usually occurs with emergency vehicles, such as a police car that is being chased by another car, or an ambulance on its way to the hospital. In the event that you are involved in an accident caused by a government entity or employee, you will need to meet two requirements in order to file a lawsuit.

 

In order for the vehicle to meet the requirements, it must be:

  • Owned or leased by a government entity
  • Operated by a public employee while performing their job

 

It is possible that you can receive financial compensation for any lost wages or medical expenses you have incurred in the wake of an accident with a government vehicle. It is recommended to reach out to a professional who can help you determine if you have a claim for compensation for any inconvenience that was caused to you since you are not an attorney. A skilled, trained attorney can help you gain clarity and figure out what is the next step that you should take, if you are unsure about the outcome of your case. Even if you are unsure about the outcome, an attorney can help you gain clarity and figure out what to do next. You can find out what can be done if there is anything that can be done, and there is nothing wrong with taking the time to do so.

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