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Colorado’s Governmental Immunity Act

If you have been involved in an accident involving an RTD bus, it is extremely important that you are aware of Colorado’s Governmental Immunity Act. The Governmental Immunity Act requires that a person injured by a governmental entity notify the entity within 180 days of becoming aware of the injury. If you don’t notify that entity within 180 days you cannot bring a claim against them.

  • The 2,340 square mile Regional Transportation District includes all or parts of eight counties:
  • The City and County of Denver
  • The City and County of Broomfield
  • The counties of Boulder and Jefferson
  • The western portions of Adams and Arapahoe Counties
  • The northern portion of Douglas County
  • Small portions of Weld County annexed by Brighton, Longmont and Erie.

Third Party RTD Bus Operators

Additionally, another important factor in RTD bus accidents is that the City of Denver leases out their bus service to private carriers. Veolia Transportation operates a portion of Denver’s bus network and greatly values its partnership with the Regional Transport District. Veolia Transportation has operated this contract since 2005, and transported approximately 7.5 million passengers a year with 125 fixed route buses. Another private carrier, Laidlaw, was acquired by RTD’s third private carrier First Transit. First Transit was awarded a five year renewal contract by RTD in May 2007. RTD has contracted their fixed route services with First Transit since 2002. First Transit currently operates 228 buses with an annual ridership of 19.5 million passengers.

If you’ve been involved in an RTD bus accident it is critical that you follow the regulations of the Governmental Immunity Act and also correctly identify the commercial operator of the bus. The Denver bus accident attorney at Bovo Law, LLC can help you thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding your accident and work to achieve your goals.

Accidents involving buses can become extremely complex litigation matters, and you need someone experienced on your side. Contact Bovo Law, LLC today for your free consultation.

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