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Traffic in St. Louis, from the Arch to the suburbs, can be difficult to navigate. In fact, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Statistical Analysis Center, in 2020 there were 760 total crashes in Missouri involving large buses with more than 15 passengers and a driver.

While bus accidents are not too common, when they do happen, they can cause injuries ranging from mild to serious. A bus crash could leave a victim with injuries such as whiplash, broken bones, and even head trauma. An injury means at least one trip to the doctor, which means medical bills and missed time at work. The expenses a victim incurs after a bus accident quickly add up.

You have the right to pursue compensation for your expenses after a bus accident. At Jett Legal, we take the time to uncover all the evidence in your case. We make communication with you our priority, and we’re tough negotiators who work hard to represent our clients’ best interests. Jett Legal is proud to represent clients in St. Louis, Missouri, and anywhere from Jefferson County to St. Charles County.

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.

Contributing Factors

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.

Legal Options

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.

BUS ACCIDENTS ATTORNEY SERVING ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI

A victim of a bus accident has the option of suing the city or suing the other driver to seek compensation. However, filing a bus accident claim is difficult to do alone. Our team at Jett Legal will communicate closely with you to make sure we’re representing your best interests. Our personal injury attorney is proud to serve clients in St. Louis, Missouri, and from Jefferson County to St. Charles County. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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