School Bus Accident Lawyer in St. Louis, MO

School bus accident lawyer in St. Louis, MO. Attorney Amanda Hayden at The Hayden Law Firm knows that school bus accidents can touch lives in many different ways. Whether your child was injured at a crosswalk or you were involved in a crash with one of these 30,000 pound vehicles, you have the right to hold anyone who acted negligently accountable for their actions.

If you have suffered an injury, contact us or call a St. Louis personal injury lawyer at The Hayden Law Firm at (314) 480-3100 for a free, no-risk consultation. All of the cases that we take on are subject to a contingency fee, meaning you do not pay legal fees or other fees up-front.

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Were You Injured in a School Bus Accident?

In a car accident with a school bus, we rightfully worry most about the children, but by far the group to be most affected by death and injury are passengers of other vehicles. In a recent 10-year period of school bus crashes, about 70% of deaths and 51% of injuries were occupants of vehicles other than the school bus. This is no surprise as the sheer size and weight of a bus — which is five times more than an average passenger vehicle — can cause extensive damage when involved in a sideswipe, rear-end, or head-on collision.

The injuries that result from these accidents 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

Was Your Child Injured in a School Bus Accident?

Statistically, children are safer taking the bus to school rather than riding in a car; however, when school bus accidents DO occur, they can be devastating. Each year, approximately seven children are killed in school bus accidents, and there’s an average of 5,000 injuries, according to data from a recent 10-year period.

These injuries are sustained in both crashes as well as non-crash incidents. For example, a bus crash might result in injuries to passengers because of the lack of seat belts on many school buses across the U.S. While a theory called “compartmentalization” deems a bus safe even without lap and shoulder restraints, this design does not always protect children from the dangers of rollovers and side-impact collisions.

Furthermore, a non-crash accident might be an injury sustained while at the crosswalk or while onloading/offloading. These can often involve other cars, and the resulting injuries can be devastating, especially if you are the parent of the injured child. We want to help hurt children and their families get the care they need following a traumatic school bus accident.

Who is Liable in a School Bus Accident?

Because school buses are considered common carriers that transport children—our most precious cargo— their drivers and the companies who employ them must operate at the highest standard of care. This means that they rightfully have lower thresholds for liability.

Depending on the circumstances of a school bus accident, several parties could be liable for you or your child’s injury, including:

  • The bus driver
  • School district in which the bus operates
  • The school board
  • School bus contracting company that the school employed
  • School bus manufacturer
  • School bus maintenance company
  • The driver of another motor vehicle
  • Government entity that maintains the roadway

We place the care of our children into the hands of these individuals every day. If any party is found to be neglectful in their duty to protect them, they should be held accountable for any injuries or property damage.

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

Given the complexity of school bus accident cases, you need a lawyer like Amanda Hayden on your side who has a deep knowledge of the bus industry and all of the regulations at play. For example, if a public school bus is involved in your accident, your St. Louis personal injury lawyer must have an intricate knowledge of the requirements in Missouri to keep not just the child passengers safe, but also those on the road side-by-side with the bus safe. You may also face stricter deadlines and more complicated filing processes if the local or state government is involved.

These cases often come down to thorough preparedness. We take the time to learn about what you or your child are going through, and will pursue everything that is deserved from the negligent party, no matter who that may be. While these cases can be extremely complicated, highly technical, and very different from normal car accident lawsuits, you will have a compassionate school bus accident lawyer in St. Louis, MO, advocating for you every step of the way.

Get in Touch With a Personal Injury Lawyer in St. Louis Who Cares

It is often the hardest thing for a parent to do to hand off their child and trust that they will get to school safely. If anyone acts with carelessness and an injury results — especially an injury to an innocent child — whoever is responsible should be held liable. At The Hayden Law Firm, we want to help you secure justice so that children and other people don’t get hurt in the future.

If you or your child have suffered an injury, contact us or call a school bus accident lawyer in St. Louis, MO, at The Hayden Law Firm at (314) 480-3100 for a free, no-risk consultation.

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