RTD, standing for Regional Transportation District, is a fantastic mass transportation system that serves Denver, Boulder, and surrounding Colorado cities by bus and rail. But while the transit system may be incredibly useful—there are approximately 100,942,800 boardings per year—RTD is not perfect, and RTD accidents do occur Colorado.
If you have been involved in an accident involving an RTD vehicle, knowing what steps to take next is important. RTD claims are not the same as other motor vehicle or personal injury claims.
Step 1: Seek Medical Attention
The first thing that you should do following an accident with any vehicle is to seek medical attention for your injuries. Seeking medical attention not only ensure that you get the treatment that you need to heal to maximum capacity, but it also establishes a causal link between the accident and your injuries. Medical reports are an important source of evidence in the claims process.
Step 2: Report the Accident
It is critical that there is documentation of your accident. If your accident involves an RTD vehicle, it is very likely that the authorities will show up on scene. When they do, be sure to give your version of events, report your injuries, and request a copy of the accident report for your own records.
Step 3: Hire an RTD Accident Attorney
As mentioned above, the process for bringing a claim for damages against RTD is not the same as it is for bringing a claim against a private individual following a standard motor vehicle crash. As such, it is strongly recommended that you hire an experienced attorney who is knowledgeable in the process of bringing claims against RTD. An attorney who has the resources necessary to thoroughly investigate your case and dedicate the amount of time needed to win your case is a must, too.
Step 4: File Your Notice of Claim
One of the biggest differences between RTD claims and personal injury claims is the fact that when you are filing a claim against RTD, you must file a notice of claim within six months of your accident. If you fail to file your notice of claim within 180 days, you may lose your right to pursue damages.
Even though you have six months to file your notice of claim, filing your notice of claim as soon as possible is recommended. The sooner that you file, the fresher the evidence supporting your claim will be.
Call Our RTD Accident Attorneys Today
If you are involved in an accident with an RTD bus or light rail train, you deserve to be compensated for the full extent of your injuries and property damages. At the law offices of Anderson Hemmat, LLC, we know how serious these accidents can be and how desperately you need to be compensated. When you call our law firm, we will aggressively investigate and develop your case. We know how to bring successful claims against RTD and maximize the amount of compensation our clients receive.
To schedule a free consultation with our law office today, please call us directly at 303-782-9999. You can also tell us more about your accident and injuries by sending us a message using the contact form on our website. Consultations with our team are completely confidential.