School Bus Accident Lawyer St. Louis

St. Louis School Bus Accident Lawyers in Missouri and Illinois protect the rights of victims in Missouri and Illinois

School Bus Accident Lawyers in St. Louis

School Bus Accident Lawyers in St. Louis. School buses are designed to safely transport children and teenagers alike to school, but are school buses actually safe? Every year, 23.5 million kids ride the bus to and from school, and according to the NHTSA, between 2004 and 2013, 1,344 riders were killed in school bus crashes, or while getting on or off the bus. Currently, full-size school buses do not include lap or shoulder restraints, but according to the National Safety Council, this could be the best option for eliminating school bus accident fatalities overall.

Chris Dixon

Founder and Managing Attorney

I pride myself on tirelessly fighting for the injury victims who continuously trust me with their cases. It is an honor to serve and a passion which drives my existence.

School bus accidents occur for many different reasons, whether its due to the negligence of a passenger vehicle driver, a school bus driver, or a defect in a bus’ mechanics. But, the facts remain: countless innocent children are injured every year in school bus accidents, and victims and their families deserve justice for their pain and suffering. If your child suffered injuries while riding the bus, and you are thinking about filing a claim against the bus driver or school district, Christopher Dixon and the St. Louis School Bus Accident Lawyers at the Dixon Injury Firm can ensure that evidence from the crash is preserved and your case has the best odds of recovering compensation.

Liability in School Bus Crashes | Missouri School Bus Accident Lawyers

School buses are generally operated by private contractors that are hired by the school, but this can vary from one school to the next, and whether a school is public or private. Most of the time, bus accidents involve public school buses, which are subject to Missouri’s traffic laws. Bus drivers transporting children must carry general liability and property damage insurance to protect the best interests of passengers and other parties in potential accidents.

Depending on the circumstances of a school bus crash, several parties could be liable in the accident. For example, if the bus has defective breaks, the manufacturer or company that maintains the vehicle could be at-fault for the accident, rather than the bus operator. Alternatively, if an accident is caused by a bus driver’s negligence – speeding, failure to follow road signs, driver fatigue – the driver, if an independent contractor, could be found solely liable. Similarly, if a negligent bus driver is an employee of a school district, the bus operator and the school could be sued for damages from the accident.

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Chris has recovered over $50 million for his injured clients, and can assist you with your injury claims. To get started on your personal injury case, contact our St. Louis injury attorneys today!

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Missouri School Bus Laws

Under Missouri’s Statute of Limitations (§304.016), if a vehicle approaches a stopped school bus, that has safety signals on, the vehicle must stay immobile until the bus retracts its safety signals. If a passenger vehicle driver doesn’t follow regulations and causes an accident, the driver is liable for damages caused to the bus, bus operator, or bus passengers during the accident. Depending on the cause of the crash, and other elements involved, penalties can include suspension or revocation of the driver’s license, jail time, and fines.

If a school bus causes a crash, due to lack of safety signals, failure to follow road signs, or lack of caution, under the Missouri Revised Statute (§304.050), the bus operator could face penalties such as suspension or loss of their CDL license, jail time, and fines. Similarly, under “Respondeat Superior,” the school district could be liable to compensate the victim for damages caused by the bus driver’s negligence while operating as an employee of the school.

School Bus Accident Lawsuits in St. Louis

Motor vehicle accidents happen every day, but school bus accidents are typically rarer. However, recently, in the past year, there have been several school bus accidents in Missouri that left school-age passengers injured. At the beginning of May, a school bus was struck by a passenger vehicle in Gasconade County that sent four children to the hospital, and in mid-May, in Osage County, Missouri, a head-on collision involving a school bus that was transporting a high school soccer team and a passenger vehicle occurred, sending six people to a nearby hospital for injuries.

If your child is injured in a school bus accident, it’s essential to know that there are options available to your case for recovering compensation. Bus accidents can be traumatic, and with several damages present (medical bills, emotional distress, lost wages), it’s often overwhelming for victims to file claims. Hiring a St. Louis School Bus Accident Lawyer ensures that you know the options available to your case, a strong claim for suing the at-fault party, and support during this trying time.

How Can a School Bus Accident Lawyer in St. Louis Help With My Case?

If your child is injured in a school bus accident, the last thing you’ll want to do is file a claim and negotiate with insurance agents. Christopher Dixon and the St. Louis School Bus Accident Lawyers at the Dixon Injury Firm can alleviate the stress of pursuing a suit against the bus driver, school district, or passenger vehicle driver responsible for the accident. Our attorneys handle all aspects of your case from gathering evidence to negotiating with the other party’s insurer to secure the highest settlement for your damages.

If you are thinking about filing a school bus accident claim in Missouri, Christopher Dixon possesses an innate drive to win and unwavering aggression when fighting for clients. Recognized as a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” by the National Trial Lawyers Association, Chris Dixon is the leading choice of Missouri residents. For more information on how Chris Dixon and the St. Louis School Bus Accident Attorneys can recover the most damages for your case, call (314) 409-7060, 855-40-CRASH (toll-free), or contact the Dixon Injury Firm for a free case review or consultation.

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Results — that's what clients expect from Dixon Injury Firm. Chris brings years of personal injury law experience to the table. Based in St. Louis, his firm provides free consultations and contingency service to the high-caliber injury and liability legal arena. Tell us about your case and we'll show you how to win.

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