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Steps to Take After an RTD Accident

By Burg Simpson
February 24, 2020
3 min read

In February 2019 there was a massive accident on the Aurora R-Line. One of the RTD light trains derailed and ended up severing a woman’s leg. It is a story that gained attention all around Colorado. It also has several people asking what they should do if they are involved in an RTD accident.

It is a valid question, and anyone who rides the RTD should understand what steps to take next. Accidents that involve RTD are not like other motor vehicle accidents or personal injury claims. If the proper steps are not taken, injured passengers could lose out on their right to compensation.

Get Treatment for Any Injuries

After any accident, the most important thing to do is to get medical treatment for any injuries. Your health is the most important concern, and if you have suffered any injuries, you need treatment before they become worse. In fact, even if you do not believe you have suffered an injury, you should still consider seeing a doctor after any kind of accident. Injuries may not always appear right away, and a doctor will be able to assess you to ensure no damage is lurking beneath the surface.

In addition to making your health the first priority after an accident, getting medical treatment also establishes a link between the accident and any injuries that arise. This link is documented in medical records, which can help a future claim.

Ask for an Accident Report

Typically, when two motorists are involved in a car accident, they must report the accident to the police. This likely is not necessary in RTD accidents, though. The operators and dispatchers for RTD will call the authorities, but it is up to accident victims to make sure they speak to those authorities. They should tell their side of the story, and make sure they request a copy of the report.

File a Notice of Claim

One of the biggest ways claims against the RTD differ from other car accident claims is that typically, car accident victims have three years to file a personal injury lawsuit against the other driver. When the RTD is involved, however, injured victims have only 180 days to file a Notice of Claim with the city. A Notice of Claim alerts the government that someone is pursuing legal action against them, and if that claim is not filed in time, accident victims will likely lose out on the chance to pursue compensation.

Contact a Colorado Personal Injury Attorney

It is important to speak to a Denver personal injury attorney after any accident, but it is particularly important after an RTD accident. These claims are different from other motor vehicle accidents on the road, and there are specific procedures to follow. An attorney will understand what these steps are, and how to navigate the complex system of filing a claim against a municipality.

If you have been injured in an accident involving the RTD, contact Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. at (303) 792-5595. We know how complicated these cases can be, but we also know how to pursue them successfully. Call us today for your free case evaluation, of fill out our online form and we will begin reviewing your case.


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