RTD Bus Accidents
November 19, 2013
There are numerous accidents involving RTD buses every year along the front range in Colorado. These incidents involve injuries to bus passengers, drivers or passengers in other automobiles or trucks, and riders of motorcycles. If you have suffered an injury in an accident involving an RTD bus, you need to be aware of the laws which apply to your claim; they are somewhat different than the laws governing normal automobile or motorcycle accidents. In Colorado, governmental entities such as the Regional Transportation District (“RTD”), enjoy certain protections under the Governmental Immunity Act. This Act requires that a person who is injured by a governmental entity provide notice of their claim within 180-days of the injury itself. This notice deadline is different, and in addition to, the statute of limitations which provides a deadline for the filing of a lawsuit. Failure to comply with the 180-day notice requirement prevents the injured person from bringing a claim against a governmental entity regardless of its merit or the seriousness of the injury or wrongful death at issue. In addition to complying with the 180-day deadline, the notice of claim must contain certain information and be provided to the appropriate individuals and entities.
You may also not be aware that many of the bus routes operated by RTD are actually leased services to private carriers, such as Veolia Transportation and First Transit (formerly Laidlaw). Although these are private companies, they enjoy the same protections as RTD under the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act. The RTD bus system is extensive. It operates in eight counties including the City and County of Denver, Boulder, Jefferson, Adams, Arapahoe, the City and County of Broomfield, a portion of Douglas County and a small portion of Weld County. If you have been injured in an automobile accident or motorcycle accident involving an RTD bus, or any other bus or motor carrier operating in Colorado, it is important for you to understand your legal rights, and even obligations under the Governmental Immunity Act. Feel free to contact our offices if you require assistance from a Colorado RTD bus accident lawyer.