Whether it is on city buses, school buses or charter buses, anytime we step on a bus, we put our trust in the driver, bus company and other passengers to ensure that everyone on board is safe.

Unfortunately, bus accidents do occur and they can cause serious injuries or death. If you or a loved one have recently been involved in a St. Louis bus accident, it is important to understand your legal rights to seek financial compensation for any harm suffered as a result of another party’s negligence.

At Niemeyer, Grebel and Kruse, we are here to help if you were injured due to someone else’s carelessness while riding on a St. Louis bus. Our bus accident lawyers will review the details of your case and work diligently with you every step of the way to secure maximum financial compensation for your injuries. Call today for a free case evaluation – 314-241-1919.

How a personal injury attorney can help you after your bus accident

Suffering an injury in a bus crash can kick off an overwhelming series of events. After initially seeking medical attention for your injuries, you may be dealing with rehab appointments, medical bills, lost time from work and stress spilling over into your personal life.

A skilled personal injury lawyer will work tirelessly to recover every penny owed to you under Missouri law, allowing you to focus on healing up and getting on with your life. When you hire Niemeyer, Grebel and Kruse as your legal team, we will:

  • Investigate the details of your case to identify all liable parties
  • Collect evidence such as police reports, photographs, witness statements and medical records
  • Gather proof of lost wages and other damages due to your injuries
  • Negotiate with insurance companies for maximum compensation
  • File a lawsuit if necessary to secure the compensation you deserve

We understand that this is an incredibly difficult time, which is why we treat each case as if it were our own. Our bus accident lawyers are dedicated to helping you get back on your feet after an accident caused by someone else’s negligence.

Causes of bus accidents in St. Louis

Bus accidents can occur for many different reasons, including:

  • Driver negligence – fatigue, texting while driving, speeding, failure to obey traffic laws by either the bus driver or another driver
  • Driver inexperience – inadequate training or lack of qualifications
  • Inadequate bus maintenance – worn tires, worn brakes, defective steering systems
  • Hazardous road conditions – potholes, uneven surfaces and poor visibility. 

No matter the cause, if you have been injured in a bus accident due to someone else’s negligence, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you pursue a claim for compensation.

Who can be held liable after a bus accident?

Depending on the circumstances of the accident, liable parties may include:

  • Bus drivers
  • Other drivers
  • The bus company
  • Government entities or third parties

Missouri is an at-fault state for automobile accidents. This means that the responsible party is liable for damages stemming from the accident, and multiple parties can be found at-fault.

For example, if the bus driver and another motorist were both found to be negligent in causing an accident, they may both be held liable for a proportion of the damages.

How can I prove that another party was negligent after a bus accident?

In order to prove negligence in a bus accident case, you must establish that:

  1. The defendant (the party against whom you are filing the claim) owed you a duty of care. A duty of care is  a legal obligation to act reasonably and with caution in order to avoid causing harm.
  2. The defendant breached their duty of care by acting negligently or recklessly
  3. The breach of duties caused your injury or damages
  4. You suffered harm as a result of the breach. 

There are many different forms of evidence that you can use to prove that the other party was negligent. This includes witness testimony, police reports, photographs and medical records.

Compensation available to bus accident victims

Missouri law allows for bus accident victims to seek compensation for both economic and non-economic damages.

  • Economic damages – These damages are awarded to compensate you for the monetary losses associated with your injury. This includes lost wages, medical bills and property damage.
  • Non-economic damages –  These damages are awarded to compensate you for the emotional and physical losses associated with your injury. This includes pain and suffering, disfigurement and loss of consortium (loss of companionship).

There is no cap to the amount of compensation you can receive in Missouri.

What is the statute of limitations for filing a bus accident claim?

A statute of limitations is a law that sets a time limit on how long you have to file a lawsuit. In the state of Missouri, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is five years. This means that you must bring your claim within five years from the date of the accident or else you may be barred from receiving any compensation.

Five years can seem like a long time, but the sooner you take action, the better. If you wait too long to file your claim, it could become harder to gather evidence or find witnesses that can help support your case. 

Call an experienced St. Louis bus accident attorney today

If you have been injured in a St. Louis bus accident, it is important to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. An experienced St. Louis bus accident lawyer can help you understand your rights and protect them throughout the legal process.

At Niemeyer, Grebel and Kruse, our attorneys are dedicated to providing personalized representation to each of our clients and helping you get the maximum compensation available for your injuries and losses. Contact us today for a free consultation – 314-241-1919.

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