If you or a loved one is injured in a public transportation accident in St. Louis – bus accidents, Metro Train accidents, or similar incidents – and you suffered injuries or other losses, you may be entitled to legal action to seek compensation for the damages that you incurred. Contact a St. Louis public transportation accident lawyer from TorHoerman Law today for a free, no-obligation case consultation to discuss your legal options.
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While we want to end distracted driving, it is only illegal for drivers under the age of 21 to use a handheld device while driving, but there are a few exceptions. Drivers of commercial vehicles and emergency vehicles cannot use their cell-phones at any time. If an accident was caused by a lack of attention due to a bus driver texting, they can be held responsible for the accident.
In Missouri, you have five years from the date of injury to file a lawsuit. If you fail to file a lawsuit in this time period, you may not be able to receive any compensation at all for your injuries. However, there is one exception. If the accident resulted in a death, the deceased individual’s family has three years from the time of death to file a lawsuit.
In this situation, it is important NOT to give a statement to the company. Anything you say can be used later on in a lawsuit. Your next step should be to contact a lawyer who can then speak to the bus company on your behalf.
Public transportation or bus accidents can be deadly because of the size and weight of the vehicles and the number of individuals involved, too. Common injuries are, but not limited to:
Example: An accident has occurred and there are multiple injuries. Not only are riders of the bus injured in the accident, but the driver of the other vehicle was injured, too. After an investigation, it appears that the driver of the other vehicle ran a red light, but the brakes of the bus also weren't working properly and the bus was not able to stop in time to avoid hitting the other car. In this case, the driver of the other vehicle will be partially at fault because of his or her lack of attention, but the bus company also failed to properly inspect the brakes and ensure they were working properly, causing them to be at fault as well.While this is only one example, there are many instances where multiple parties can be held responsible for an accident. The choice of a lawyer is an important decision simply because you want an experienced St. Louis bus accident lawyer handling your case, including the investigation, or evidence collecting, phase where multiple defendants may be named. Keep in mind, choosing a bus or auto accident lawyer should not be based solely upon advertisements, but instead based upon your own research.
TorHoerman LawAfter a public transportation accident, the last thing on your mind is hiring a St. Louis personal injury attorney but it is something you should do immediately. Our goal is to take the stress off your shoulders and give you the time to recover while we concentrate on getting you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. To learn more about the TorHoerman Law bus accident attorneys and our expertise in the field, we offer free, no-obligation St. Louis public transportation and bus accident consultations. Have questions or need legal advice? Contact TorHoerman Law Firm to speak with an experienced St. Louis bus accident lawyer today.
Common causes of public transportation accidents in St. Louis include:
A defect in the vehicle or failing to properly maintain the vehicle can lead to a bus crashes, especially considering buses and MetroLink trains are often driven for many miles and long periods of time. The manufacturer of the bus, the owner of the bus, the bus company, or even the mechanic can be held liable for accidents caused by defects or failure to maintain.
The company that owns and maintains the bus owes a duty of care to its passengers. Failure to do so can not only cause an accident but render them responsible.
The same as above applies to the City of St. Louis. Because public transportation is just that, public, the City is responsible for the integrity and safety of all of its vehicles.
“Title XXXV CIVIL PROCEDURE AND LIMITATIONS.” Missouri Revisor of Statutes – Revised Statutes of Missouri, RSMo, Missouri Law, MO Law, Missouri Legislature, revisor.mo.gov/main/OneSection.aspx?section=516.120&bid=27834.
Whibey, John. “Bus Crashes in the United States: What Does the Research Say?” Journalist’s Resource, Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center and Carnegie-Knight Initiative, 29 Feb. 2016, journalistsresource.org/studies/environment/transportation/bus-crashes-united-states-what-does-research-say/.
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