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Government Vehicle Accident Lawyer

Auto accidents between two passenger vehicles occur several times a day throughout California. However, in some instances, a motor vehicle collision will involve a government vehicle. Public entities are often held to the same standards of responsibility as private individuals, however, there are many procedural requirements and conditions for bringing a claim against a government entity. Due to the strict requirements for filing a government claim, most government agencies will fight aggressively to pay out as little as possible or deny a claim. If you were involved in an auto accident with a government vehicle, a government vehicle accident lawyer at Child & Jackson Personal Injury Lawyers can help. 

Our legal team has extensive experience handling claims against government entities and can help you pursue the compensation you’re owed for an accident caused by the negligence of a government employee.

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What Are the Different Types of Government Vehicles? 

Common types of government vehicles found on the roads and highways in California include:

  • Law enforcement vehicles
  • Emergency response vehicles
  • Public transit vehicles
  • Utility vehicles
  • Military vehicles
  • U.S. Postal Service vehicles  
  • City trucks
  • Federal agency fleet vehicles
  • Special purpose vehicles

How Can a Government Vehicle Accident Attorney Help?

A government vehicle accident lawyer at Child & Jackson Personal Injury Lawyers can help you during this difficult time in many ways:

Investigating the Accident

A government vehicle accident lawyer on our legal team will conduct an in-depth investigation, gathering evidence such as employment records, police reports, witness statements, phone records, and accident reconstruction analyses to prove liability.

Negotiating with Insurance Companies

Your attorney will handle all communication with the insurance company and will negotiate with them to seek fair compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.

Filing a Lawsuit

If a fair settlement cannot be reached a trial-tested government vehicle accident lawyer on our legal team will be prepared to take the case to court.

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What Damages Am I Entitled to After An Accident Involving a Government Vehicle?

The damages you may be entitled to will depend on the specific circumstances of your case.  Factors that can impact the damages you may be entitled to can include:
  • Your level of fault
  • The severity of your injuries
  • Your prognosis
  • How much time you missed at work
  • Whether you will be forced to switch careers due to your injuries
  • Whether you will be able to return to work at all
  • Future medical care needs

And more. 

The damages you may be entitled to can include:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Emotional distress

Your attorney will carefully assess your damages and may consult with experts to determine future lost earnings and future medical care needs. 

What is the California Tort Claims Act?

Government entities fall under the California Tort Claims Act, which imposes stricter deadlines for filing a claim compared to the standard two-year window for other auto accident claims. Following a government vehicle accident, you will have six months from the date of the accident to seek damages. You must file a claim with that entity’s governing board or clerk. The government agency will have 45 days to take action.

What Are Common Car Crash Injuries?

Car accidents can result in a wide range of injuries, varying in severity from minor to life-threatening. 
Some of the most common car accident injuries include:


Whiplash is a soft tissue injury that occurs when the head and neck are suddenly jerked forward and then backward, causing strain or sprain to the neck muscles and ligaments.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord damage can cause temporary or permanent total or partial paralysis. This type of severe injury can require ongoing medical treatment for the rest of the accident victim’s life.

Head Injuries

Head injuries can range from mild concussions to traumatic brain injuries and can result from impact with the steering wheel, dashboard, or side windows during a collision. Traumatic brain injuries can require extensive medical treatment for months, years, or the rest of the accident victim’s life.

Back Injuries

Back injuries such as spinal fractures and herniated discs can occur due to the force of impact during a car accident.

Chest Injuries

Chest injuries can include fractured ribs, bruised or punctured lungs, and cardiac contusions.

Leg and Knee Injuries

Leg and knee injuries, such as dislocations, fractures, and ligament tears, can occur when the lower body is forcefully impacted or crushed during a collision.

Soft Tissue Damage

Soft tissue damage, including bruises, cuts, scrapes, and contusions can result from flying debris or from impact with the interior of the vehicle.

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If you were injured in an accident with a government vehicle that was caused by a negligent driver, contact Child & Jackson Personal Injury Lawyers today to schedule a free legal consultation. Our government vehicle accident lawyers have decades of experience fighting insurance companies for the compensation our clients deserve and can provide the dedicated and knowledgeable legal guidance and advice you need during this difficult time. Contact us today to schedule your free legal consultation.

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