Hire A Bus Accident Lawyer Today
If you’re reading this page you’re likely someone who has been involved in a bus accident or you have a family member who was involved in a bus accident. Well good for you because you’re in the right place. Combs Law Group is a personal injury law firm that can help you navigate the process of filing a claim against the bus company or against the city transportation organization that owned the bus. There are a multitude of buses on the road each day transporting large groups of people. When a bad bus accident happens, you are typically dealing with a few different types of scenarios:
- The bus driver was not at fault and the negligence falls solely on the other driver/vehicle. In this scenario, every passenger on the bus has a right to seek damages against the other driver if they were injured as a result of the crash. They may also have a case against the bus company if said bus company wasn’t following federal/state guidelines safety guidelines at the time of the accident.
- If the bus driver was at fault then each passenger has the right to file a case against the bus company and anyone in the other vehicle has a right to do the same.
If you fall into one of these categories then you should call Combs Law Group today to hire a personal injury lawyer. We can help you get compensated for your injuries quickly. Keep in mind that when you have multiple complaints being filed against the bus company speed is of the essence. The faster you file your case the more likely it is that you can get a settlement before the company is forced into bankruptcy because their insurance coverage doesn’t cover all the damages that resulted from the accident. Call us at 314-274-3776 or fill out a contact form.
What Bus Accident Injury Lawyers Typically See
There are several types of busses that are driving the roads in St. Louis each and every day. You’ve got big private bus companies like Grayhound who service long distance bussing between cities, while there are tour companies in St. Louis who mainly have routes within the St. Louis regional area. You then have the public transport buses, which have extensive routes throughout the city and county of St. Louis. There are private limo/bus companies that are hired to do private events like weddings or bachelor parties. Lastly, school busses are part of everyday traffic for most people. The legal strategy involved with filing a personal injury lawsuit can differ greatly depending on the type of bus involved in the accident. However, in all cases, you’re dealing with insurance companies who are looking to limit their financial exposure. The larger organizations like Grayhound bus company are well experienced in dealing with accidents and they have a team of lawyers who are prepared to fight tooth and nail to prove they weren’t at fault for the accident. When you’re dealing with smaller private bus companies you have to be cautious about the types of insurance they carry or if they carry insurance at all. In any of these cases, you should be ready to take on a legal fight if you want to be compensated for your injuries and suffering.
Primary Reason Why Bus Accidents Occur
Bus drivers are proffesionally trained drivers and they are held to a higher standard under most states traffic laws. For instance, if you’ve been convicted a DWI you are not eligible for a CDL (commercial drivers license). That being said there are still going to be bus accidents because people are not perfect and they make mistakes. Here are some of the most reasons why bus accidents occur:
- Inclement Weather or Poor Road Conditions – Snow or rain don’t mix well with busses. The bus itself is designed to carry large loads of passengers at slow speeds and it’s not designed to maneuver or react quickly on the road.
- Mechanical Issues – Busses like most commercial vehicles are regulated under federal and state laws and require on-going maintenance to assure the public that they meet safety standards. They are required to maintain maintenance log files that show how regular they have been maintained and updated from a service and parts standpoint. Many private bus companies will cut corners on these maintenance guidelines and the results can be horrific. When a company decides to not upgrade their breaks on a bus and those breaks fail thus causing an accident, the company is negligent for their poor oversight.
- Bus Driver Negligence – This is probably the most common cause of accidents that involve buses. Drivers can be overworked and tired, they can be intoxicated at the wheel, they might not have the necessary training, or they might just make a mistake and be distracted at the wheel. That’s why most cases that involve bus accidents center around the bus driver himself. Our investigators know this and that’s why they do a full review of the driver and his background. If there are any known issues that the bus company was hiding then that can be grounds for negligence on behalf of the company.
- Poor Driving – Sometimes a bus accident is just the result of a poor decision by the bus driver. They might be speeding in an area that is highly dangerous, or they might miss a blind spot while changing lanes. These can happen to anyone, even the best bus drivers out there, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t at fault for the accident.
However, the accident occurs if the driver of the bus is at fault, or if the bus company was negligent in maintaining the bus, you likely have a case to file against the bus company and/or it’s a driver. Again, when these accidents happen you can be assured that there will be a team of lawyers from the bus company onsite right when the accident occurs. It’s crucial you limit what you say to them or to the police who are taking statements. If you’ve been hurt it’s best to just say you will give a statement once you’ve received medical treatment. Then when you’re in the hospital contact a friend who can possibly reach out to a lawyer to get some initial advice. We’re here at Combs Law Group to do just that, so call us today and we can help you navigate this difficult process. Call 314-451-2711 or fill out a contact form.