Can You Sue Public Busses in Albuquerque?

For many people, ABQ RIDE represents a welcome way to beat traffic, zip around town, and get to work on time. Unfortunately, ABQ RIDE still relies on human operators and drivers, and humans are never perfect. A bus driver is just as capable of losing focus, and this can result in terrible outcomes for innocent pedestrians. If you’ve been injured by a public bus in New Mexico, you may be wondering who is liable for your injuries. 


Unlike a normal car accident, the legal process of pursuing a personal injury claim isn’t as simple as connecting with the insurer or the individual who caused the accident. Because you are suing the actual bus service itself, you will need to take legal action against the municipal organization responsible for operating the ABQ RIDE. This process isn’t always straightforward, and this is why it’s important to connect with an experienced, qualified attorney who understands the laws behind bus accidents. 


The Challenges of Suing ABQ Ride


Right off the bat, it’s important to note that ABQ RIDE enjoys some level of sovereign immunity, which makes it slightly challenging to pursue a lawsuit against this organization. Because ABQ RIDE is essentially part of the New Mexico government, it enjoys the same legal protections as any government organization. This means that ABQ RIDE cannot be sued without the expressed consent of the New Mexico government. 


How to Move Forward


While there are challenges associated with suing ABQ RIDE or ART, it’s definitely not impossible. One of the most important things to keep in mind is that you need to act quickly. Compared to suing a private individual, you have less time to bring your personal injury claim to the attention of the courts if you are suing the municipal government. To be exact, you have 90 days to file your claim with the city. After the city receives your claim, they will launch an investigation to figure out whether there was negligence on the part of their public bus system. 


Immediately after your accident or injury, you should enlist the help of a qualified attorney and do your best to collect evidence. Take photographs, collect documentation, and try to get witnesses on your side. 


The City is Liable for Your Injuries


According to the New Mexico Tort Claims Act, the law clearly states that the city is liable for any injuries “caused by the negligence of public employees while acting within the scope of their duties in the operation or maintenance of any motor vehicle, aircraft, or watercraft.” As long as you act quickly in an efficient, proper manner, you have a strong chance of getting the compensation you deserve. 


Get Legal Help and Hold the City Accountable


Over the years, many individuals have raised concerns about the safety of Albuquerque’s public busses. If you have suffered injuries as a result of riding these busses, it’s time to hold the city accountable. Reach out to the Law Office of Brian K. Branch today. 


The Law Office of Brian K Branch

715 Marquette Ave. NW

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102

Tel: 505.764.9710

Toll Free: 888.972.1212

Fax: 505.764.9722

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