If you've been injured in an accident with a police vehicle, one of the most important things you should know is that the filing deadline may be significantly shorter than what you would find with a typical personal injury car accident claim. Generally in Georgia you have two years from the date of the accident to either file a claim and settle it, or file a lawsuit. With accidents involving police vehicles these deadlines can be significantly shorter because the police vehicle will either belong to the state, the city, or the county. For states and counties, you have one year from the date of the accident to file what is called an Ante Litem Notice. An Ante Litem Notice is simply a notice that is given to the appropriate government agency notifying them of the claim as well as providing other information that may be required by law. For cities, the deadline for submitting the Ante Litem Notice is six months. If these deadlines are missed, you may lose the right to obtain any compensation at all for your injuries. This is why it is very important that if you're involved in an accident with a police vehicle, you contact an experienced and qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Having an accident is never a good thing but it can be especially problematic if you are in an accident with a police car. If this happens you have to know what to do to make sure that your rights are properly protected. In most cases this is going to mean that your first call will be to your lawyer. Our Atlanta, Georgia personal injury attorney, Darl Champion, discusses what to do if you’re in an accident involving a police car (vehicle).
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