Bus Accidents in Missouri
Bus accidents are rarer than car accidents. However, the consequences can be devastating. It’s important to know about the factors that contribute to victims’ injuries.
A car may strike a bus, or a bus driver may make a mistake that leads to a crash. In these and similar situations, what is inside the bus itself may contribute to a victim’s injuries.
Many buses have neither seatbelts nor airbags. Without these two important safety measures, you could be more likely to suffer an injury in a crash. Additionally, the design of the bus itself is another factor that can lead to injuries. Buses are more likely than cars to roll over or tip over.
Passengers’ objects inside the bus are another contributing factor. For example, if someone brings a briefcase with sharp corners on the bus, that could become an extremely dangerous projectile if the bus were hit by a speeding car.
The negative effects of a bus accident extend far beyond the day of the crash. To pay for medical bills and other expenses, you may be able to seek compensation from the party who has liability. There are generally two paths to this in a bus crash: suing the other driver or suing the city.
Suing the Other Driver
Distracted driving happens all the time. Whether a driver is responding to a text message, trying to find their music app on their phone, or just not paying attention, they can cause an accident.
A driver’s negligence is when they fail to fulfill their duty of care to a reasonable standard. If a driver’s negligence causes an accident, they likely have liability and can be sued.
If a driver struck the bus you were riding, you may be able to hold that driver liable. Speak with an experienced bus accident attorney to discuss the details of your case.
Suing the City
Suing the city for a bus accident is complicated. However, a successful claim can result in the compensation you need for your injuries after the accident.
One of the most important parts of bringing a lawsuit against a city is doing so very quickly. There is a statute of limitations, or deadline, to file a claim. The statute of limitations for a claim against the city is typically less than six months after the accident, which is much sooner than in cases not involving the city.
In Missouri, if a bus driver caused an accident that resulted in your injuries, you may be able to sue the public employee and the county or city that employs them.