PROTECTING YOUR LIFE AND INTERESTS AFTER A ST. LOUIS BUS ACCIDENT

Bus Accident Lawyer in St. Louis, MO

Bus accident lawyer in St. Louis, MO. Attorney Amanda Hayden at The Hayden Law Firm understands that every case, every person, and every injury is unique. You deserve to be represented by an attorney that not only understands your priorities, but how you can recover fair compensation for your losses following a traumatic and often catastrophic bus accident. What this takes is compassion, care, and perseverance when working through the Missouri legal system.

For the voice you need to get your case heard, contact The Hayden Law Firm if you have been injured in a serious bus accident. We take cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not pay legal fees or other fees up-front. We also don’t charge attorneys’ fees for phone calls as our initial consultation is free, so give us a call at (314) 480-3100.

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Who is Liable in a Bus Accident?

Bus accidents and rollovers are some of the most complex auto accident cases we handle at The Hayden Law Firm. Not only are the injuries associated with bus crashes more serious than those involved in a typical car fender bender, these cases can also be muddied with complex liability issues.

For example, the bus driver may not be the only one at fault for negligence; the bus management company, the bus maintenance company, or the equipment parts manufacturer are just a few of the other entities that can be held liable in a bus accident case in St. Louis.

Furthermore, liability may also change depending on the type of bus that caused your injury. For example:

  • School bus liability – In many cases, liability will lie with the school board or the school district in which the bus operated; however, if the district hired a private company to provide services, the company can be held liable. A school bus accident attorney in St. Louis, MO, can help you determine the responsible party in these types of situations.
  • Public bus liability – Liability for buses operated in municipalities or cities are usually limited to that government, such as the City of St. Louis. However, once again, some jurisdictions may outsource bus service to private contractors and, therefore, the contractor and/or government could be liable. Bringing a personal injury case against a government entity is far different than a typical car accident claim against an insurance company, which is why you need the help of a St. Louis bus accident lawyer.
  • Private or charter bus liability – Private or charter buses usually include major bus companies in the country such as Amtrak, Coach, Greyhound, and more. Negligent accidents usually result in liability for the company and its insurers. As charter buses are a multimillion dollar industry, the insurance companies that represent them often employ an army of attorneys that work tirelessly to lessen or dismantle your claim. Let our personal injury lawyer in St. Louis, MO, help safeguard your rights.
  • Tour bus liability – Liability in a tour bus accident can often be difficult to determine. For instance, if a group of tourists employed the services of a tour bus, then the management company and/or driver could be held liable for injuries. Or, if a third-party group hired the tour bus for another group of people, the intermediary might also be liable.

Because buses are considered common carriers that transport everyday people or goods, their drivers — and the companies who employ them — must operate at a higher standard of care. This means they often have lower thresholds for liability. If any party is found to be neglectful in their duty to innocent, everyday individuals out on the road, they should be held accountable for any injuries or property damage.

Life-Altering Bus Crash Injuries

Due to the sheer size and weight of buses that are out on the roads side-by-side with smaller passenger vehicles, a resulting accident can be significant to say the least. The injuries can include a range of medical problems — from relatively minor bumps, scrapes, and bruises to very serious injuries.

Life-altering injuries can include:

  • Whiplash
  • Bodily injuries
  • Burns
  • Wrongful death
  • Bruising
  • Lacerations
  • Infections
  • Lost limbs
  • Concussions
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Broken and fractured bones
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Paralysis

Even if you believe you are not physically harmed, some injuries do not make themselves apparent until much later. It’s critical that you see your doctor as soon as possible after a bus accident. This could make all the difference when seeking compensation for the cost of medical bills, current and future lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and more.

Additionally, some injuries may not be seen, rather, they are psychological in nature. A bus accident is a traumatic event for which you can recover compensation for non-economic items like pain and suffering. This can often be difficult to prove in court, which is why you need the help of a bus accident lawyer in St. Louis, MO. Amanda Hayden is able to provide thoughtful, relevant legal representation and compelling litigation tactics in even the most challenging legal battles.

Causes of Bus Accidents in Missouri

A bus driver holds peoples’ lives in his or her hands. With passengers constantly on and off the bus, there are many distractions that can affect a driver’s ability to stay focused on the road. If they make a mistake — even for just a moment — the results can be catastrophic.

  • Distracted driving or inattention
  • Drunk driving
  • Texting and driving
  • Driver fatigue
  • Poor bus maintenance or lack of repairs
  • Reckless driving, speeding, and other traffic violations
  • Failure to adjust to bad driving conditions, such as wet or icy roads
  • Failure to follow industry rules and regulations, such as negligent hiring of unqualified drivers
  • Lack of new driver training
  • Tire delaminations and explosions
  • Overcorrecting
  • Defective bus equipment

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Why You Need the Help of a Bus Accident Attorney in St. Louis, MO.

An experienced bus accident attorney in St. Louis, MO, will know how to successfully navigate the bus companies, insurance companies, school districts, governmental agencies, and the intersection of local, state, and federal laws that apply to the bus industry.

Most victims of bus accidents aren’t prepared to deal with the large-scale defense that bus companies begin immediately after the accident. Insurance companies will go to great lengths and spend tremendous amounts of money to protect their interests. While you are recovering from your accident, the bus company will have its team of representatives building their defense and potentially tampering with evidence that may be crucial to your case. For this reason, it is extremely important that you have an attorney on your side who works just as fast and just as hard.

We’ll be there for you. We go to the scene of the crash, preserve evidence, and ensure that your rights are protected every step of the way. Attorney Amanda Hayden and her firm strive to be encouraging and transparent throughout the claims process so that you can be informed from beginning to end, giving you the best chance of success

Get in Touch With a Bus Accident Lawyer in St. Louis That Cares

Clients and insurance industry professionals recognize us by our commitment to excellence and resilient advocacy in negotiations.

We take cases we believe in. If you have been seriously injured in a bus accident, call a personal injury lawyer in St. Louis, MO, at The Hayden Law Firm at (314) 480-3100 for a free, no-risk consultation.


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