Helping Those Hurt by School Buses in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area and throughout Missouri and Illinois
When a school bus gets into a roadway accident, there can be many victims: passengers riding on the bus, other motorists, and pedestrians. There can be just as many people or companies to blame for the accident. The drivers could be at fault and so could the bus manufacturer, the school board, or other government agency. Because of all these factors, school bus accidents are complex cases requiring the know-how of a skilled personal injury lawyer.
Why Do Truck Accidents Occur?
The reasons for truck accidents can vary greatly. Perhaps the most common cause of truck accidents is driver error. Many truck drivers are forced to work long hours, meet strict deadlines, and this can take a toll on their stress levels and general alertness. Sometimes in order to stay awake, truck drivers take drugs or overindulge in caffeine products.
Still other times, the driver may not be to blame. Another reason for truck accidents stems from equipment failure. Commercial trucks are driven daily, usually over long distances, and require consistent maintenance. Failure to properly inspect or repair equipment on the truck can cause equipment to fail.
How Bus Accidents Happen
Bus accidents often occur due to the fault of the bus driver or another driver on the road. A school bus accident lawyer will be able to investigate the collision and determine who caused the accident. In some cases, more than one driver or actor may be at fault. School bus accidents can also be caused by:
- Improper bus maintenance
- Malfunctioning equipment
- Dangerous road conditions
- Poorly designed bus stops
- Negligent hiring and/or inadequate training of bus drivers
Other Types of Bus Accidents
There are other ways that someone may get injured on a bus. For example, a bus passenger could slip and fall on bus steps. There is also danger present when passengers are entering and exiting the bus.
Bus Accident Victims May Be Eligible for Damages
Damages that may be available in your case include:
- Medical bills for treatment given and for treatment that will be needed in the future
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Contact a St. Louis School Bus Accident Attorney
If you have been hurt in an accident involving a school bus, it is important you have a qualified attorney review your case. School bus accidents present many complicating factors. These cases are not like a minor fender bender that can be handled between you and the insurance company of the driver at fault.
Typically, school buses are operated by a governmental entity such as a school board. Filing a suit against a government agency is complicated and extra steps often must be taken to preserve your claim. Also, school bus accident cases tend to be more complicated because usually there are a large number of people involved.
We work with clients throughout the Missouri and Illinois, including the City of St. Louis, and the surrounding Missouri counties of St. Louis, St. Charles, Lincoln, Jefferson, Franklin and Crawford; and the Illinois counties of Madison, St. Clair and Monroe, to name a few. Call our office today at 314-647-8910 for a free consultation.