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Buses and taxis are called “common carriers.” You are paying them to provide transportation, and they are held to a high standard of safety and care. Bus drivers should, therefore, have appropriate training to prepare them for the challenges they may encounter on the roadway. School bus drivers should also have the training to protect students from harm on and around the bus after they exit.

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This attorney is very smart, very experienced, returns phone calls and knows the answers when asked. One call and I knew this was a great law firm for auto accidents.
Response from the owner: Our law firm appreciates this. This is a comment we get from so many people who call…”none of the lawyers we called told me all the things that you did.” Whether we take a car accident case or not, helping people is a good thing.
5 Star Lawyer for sure! Best you will find in Saint Louis.
Response from the owner: Thanks for the 5 Star Rating. Reviews like this are great. Injury victims quickly figure out the TV advertisers are not good. We work hard at being the best we can be and it reflects in our representation of car accident victims.
Watch this lawyer in action. Was way better than all the others. Get this lawyer for an automobile accident for sure.
Response from the owner: Thanks for the recommendation. Besides doing cases, our attorneys train for this. Hard work, case knowledge and technique is key to success in car accident litigation.
Very pleased with The Hoffmann Law Firm. Lawyers are attentive, friendly and go the distance to force the settlement you want. The TV lawyers recommend low offers. This law firm gets the maximum.
Response from the owner: We get calls from car accident victims that had to fire the TV lawyers that they hired. They give the same two reasons: 1) they never spoke to a lawyer at the Big TV law firms, only a paralegal, and 2) the paralegal recommended they accept a low offer. At our law firm, you only talk to the lawyer and if an offer is low we tell you to sue. Thanks!
You will love this car accident lawyer.
Response from the owner: You are the best! Thanks for the review. Our attorneys work hard but it all starts with a great client.
Several lawyers said to call this lawyer because he is the best. You will appreciate this law firm. Helped with the injury and property claims. Attentive and knowledgeable. Great reputation in St Louis.
Response from the owner: Thanks Lexi. Our #1 source of cases is other lawyers referring us cases that are too big for them to handle.
Would use this accident law firm. Best in Saint Louis. Highly rated and it shows. After one phone call, you just know this attorney is better. 5 Stars!!
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Great law firm thanks Leah for the referral
Response from the owner: Appreciate you recommending our law firm. Car accident litigation is all we do and specializing allows us to focus.
Car accident lawyers on tv are not good . Get this attorney ! He is a pro !!
Response from the owner: Thanks Nathan. TV lawyers market for car accidents, use paralegals instead of lawyers and give their employees settlement quotas hence forcing cheap settlements. At our law firm, you get a lawyer who keeps pushing forward for more.
A+ attorney. Smart. Helpful. Great for automobile accident cases. Located in saint louis, missouri. Use him!
Response from the owner: Thanks. Car accident cases are difficult without the right attorney and great clients. Much appreciated.
Quality lawyer. Best law firm for a car accident. Advice was way better than other lawyers I called in St. Louis. Helped with property and injury.
Response from the owner: Thanks. The TV lawyer advertisers are just car accident settlement mills. As soon as people call a real attorney, they always tell us how much better and more helpful we were. Appreciate this.
Get this lawyer if you have an automobile accident. Simply the best!
Response from the owner: Thanks Lizzy. Recommendations from other is the best way to find a car accident attorney.
This lawyer is big time. Smooth. The other lawyers on the other side were not nearly as good as this attorney. I recommend friends in St Louis to him for accident injuries and they all say the same thing…”that lawyer is great.”
Response from the owner: Very nice of you to say. Our lawyers work hard on auto accident cases.
Family used this car accident attorney after a crash. Located in St Louis. This lawyer answers the phone and will walk you through the process. Knows his stuff!
Response from the owner: Taking calls, going over the car accident injury and property process is important. Clients that call always say we are the only lawyers that explained everything. Much appreciated.
Tried the lawyers on TV. They were not good. Hired this car accident lawyer instead because he had great reviews. The reviews are correct. This attorney is as good as they get. He does big injury cases that need to be litigated.
Response from the owner: Car accident lawyers on TV do not litigate cases. It is mass production. They have quotas. Local attorneys are best on auto accidents.
Very very good at injury claims for car wrecks. Use this St Louis attorney. Two thumbs up!
Response from the owner: Thanks for the review! All we do is accidents. When you specialize, your knowledge base and practice skills grow. Thanks!
Used this attorney for an auto accident. Highly recommend this lawyer in St. Louis. Communicates well.
Response from the owner: Communicating with clients is essential. Taking the client though the car accident claims process is important otherwise major mistakes can occur. It is an effort that we make. Thanks!
Best for car accidents in St Louis. Use this attorney.
Response from the owner: Thanks. Great clients make for great cases!
This lawyer is great for car accident injury claims. Did an uninsured motorist case. Very good attorney.
Response from the owner: Car accidents can be insured or uninsured. The claims are much different. Thanks for the review.
Great lawyer if you are in an auto accident. I recommend this attorneys office.
Response from the owner: Thanks J. Glad we got your auto accident case completed and that for telling others about our lawyers.
Very good car accident attorney. Did my and my relatives claims and paperwork. Highly recommend.
Response from the owner: Thanks for recommending our law firm on car accident cases.
Fantastic law firm, I would recommend! Received free consultation related to an auto accident when my parked car was damaged by a baseball. Very supportive advice, these guys are good!
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Recommend this attorney for auto accidents.
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Best St Louis lawyer for car accidents.
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Great Lawyer!!
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I was in a car accident in St.Louis and hired Chris as my lawyer. He was amazing!!! He helped me every step of the way and was able to get me a great settlement!!!Highly, highly, highly recommend him!
Response from the owner: Each step is important in a car accident. Thanks for recommending us for car accidents injury claims.
If you have an auto accident and need an attorney in St Louis, I recommend Mr Hoffmann.
Response from the owner: Appreciate this James and you did great as well. Car accident claims always start with a good client.
Great car accident lawyer. Did a very good job on my injury case. Thanks!
Response from the owner: Thanks. Appreciate the compliment. All we do is car accident litigation.
Very accomplished accident attorney in Saint Louis. 5 stars for sure!
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A car accident lawyer I would recommend to anyone.
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Great car accident attorney!!
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When I had my accident he was very professional, honest and caring to me and my family it wasn't about the money it was about the care, he made sure me and my kids were took care of and I really appreciate it this is a gexcellant law firm also his secretary is the best,so I would like to say thank you chris for everything melinda .
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Great car accident lawyer in St. Louis. This is a very good car accident lawyer in St. Lious. Takes phone calls. Listens. Experienced in injury litigation.
Response from the owner: Thanks Maddie. Our law firm brings experience to the table on car accident cases.
Great people, helped me through a situation over the phone. His words and advice eventually helped me in my case.
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Although Mr. Hoffman did not represent me in my case he was willing to take the time to get me in touch with someone who specializes in the type of incident I needed legal representation with. Attorney's such as Mr. Hoffman are difficult to find. He took personal time to keep in touch with me and give me sound legal advice and guidance. I highly recommend speaking with Mr. Hoffman if you require his services. I truly believe he is the type of person who cares and will make sure the job gets done RIGHT. Do not hesitate to contact him
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In an auto accident in St. Louis, the other car pulled out and hit us. The collision was very bad. We were all injured and used this attorney. He is very experienced in handling injury claims and got a great settlement after filing a lawsuit for us. 5 Stars!
Response from the owner: Thanks Ms. Santoni. Side impact car accidents are some of the worst our lawyers see. We have to file lawsuits on nearly every case because insurance companies deny almost every claim, but I am glad we got yours resolved. I appreciate you recommending our lawyers and giving us a 5 Star rating.
My daughter and I were in an car accident. We for both injured badly. After I finally got out of the hospital, I started looking for lawyers in Saint Louis and found this attorney who does accident and injury claims. It said their attorney would answer 24 hours a day. I called their law firm at 10 p.m. and a injury lawyer answered. He was polite, knowledgeable, and advised me of what needed to be done for myself and my daughter regarding the car accident. I hired them to do or auto accident case. They kept me well informed during the car accident case in Saint Louis County Court. I was well prepared for depositions. He help with everything. I got a good settlement as did my daughter for our injuries. Although the car accident was scary, it was bearable having a good helpful attorney on our side. I highly recommend this Saint Louis car accident law firm. Their attorneys and lawyers are great. Highly recommended
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The Chris Hoffman law firm takesgreat care of all my legal needs. They are caring and personal and will fight for what you need. I highly recommend them. You will be very satisfied and know he got you the best deal available.
Response from the owner: Great cleints are the start to pursuing any legal case and you are the best! Thanks for the recommendation Barbara!
A true professional in terms of car accident cases. I definitely recommend this lawyer for any injury after a St. Louis accident. Very good at what these attorneys do!
Response from the owner: Thank you very much for such a great review. Our attorneys work hard at providing great service. Car accident cases are fought by insurance companies from the property damage through the personal injury claim. This forces people to get local lawyers to do their claims. Missouri and Saint Louis, in particular, is known for accident claim denial even against your own insurance carrier. Thanks again!
You will not find better attorneys for a car accident in St. Louis. Very experienced. These attorneys know all the facets of an accident case and have great advice when problems come up during the injury claim.
Response from the owner: Thanks Jack. Our attorneys appreciate a great review like this. It helps car accident victims know who are the real lawyers in St. Louis who do this work versus the mere advertisers who refer victims to lawyers they have never met for a kickback. Much appreciated!
Thanks for helping with my car accident case. These lawyers are best in St. Louis.
Response from the owner: You are welcome and thanks for the review! A lot of car accident victims read these and find it helpful in choosing a lawyer for their case. Great cases always start with great clients!
great lawyer for auto accident cases . I thought this law firm did great work .Very happy with their services. I would recommend them to others.
Response from the owner: It was very nice of you to leave a review. Thanks Brenda! A good case always starts with a great client. We appreciated the recommendation. It is good to hear back from clients and have them refer us to other injury victims after a car accident. Wish you well!
This is the best choice for a car accident attorney. These lawyers get great settlements.I was recommended to them from some people I know and was happy to get a great recommendation.
Response from the owner: Our attorneys appreciate the compliment! It is great to hear we are doing well. It means a lot when you recommend our lawyers to other car accident victims. Thanks again!
Glad I switched to this auto accident lawyer. These lawyers fight hard for their injury clients. I highly recommend these lawyers.
Response from the owner: We are happy you switched as well. Good clients are the basis for a good case. Fighting to protect your rights after an accidental injury is our sole focus. Your recommendation means a lot. Thanks again for the review.
If you are injured in a car accident you should hire this attorney. This is the best legal representation. These attorneys are very professional.
Response from the owner: Thank you for reviewing our law firm and recommending our lawyers. Attorneys appreciate feedback on whether they are doing well on cases and reviews are one of the best means for this.
Response from the owner: Appreciate the Good Words! SInce our law firm started focusing exclusively on car and auto accidents, the focus had increased our knowledge and the learning curve has greatly benefited out settlement results. Specializing is key for any lawyers! All benefit from this. Thanks again for the review!

Responsibly of Bus Drivers

Being entrusted with our most precious assets does not exempt a school bus driver from committing reckless driving errors. Consider what happened outside of Kansas City in August 2013. Eighteen 6th graders got hurt when the bus they were riding overturned on a highway exit ramp. Excessive speed is said to have caused that accident, and the driver should have known to slow down before attempting to maneuver onto the curving ramp. Fortunately, no other vehicles were involved, and there were no fatalities, but many of the students suffered severe injuries, including spinal cord injuries and head traumas.

To become a school bus driver in Missouri, you must have a special endorsement added to your CDL license. You must complete at least eight hours of specialized school bus driving instruction to get that. Additionally, you will be required to pass both a written and practical exam. Officials will then check your driving record before issuing you your special license. Once you apply for employment, the school district will likely ask for fingerprints to conduct a background check.

Government Immunity

Since most school buses are owned and operated by public schools, the drivers may be entitled to government immunity if they are involved in an accident.  The government will sometimes lift immunity in car accident cases but will still require that the plaintiff prove a higher level of fault in the drivers’ actions. Since laws vary from state to state, it is vital to seek the advice of an experienced Missouri car accident lawyer if you have been involved in a bus accident in Missouri.

Out in Lafayette County, the operator of a small pickup truck successfully received compensation after an accident with a school bus caused disc herniation in his spine. He was traveling along a highway when the bus suddenly entered directly in his path from a side street. Evidence shows that the driver did not thoroughly check the traffic flow before entering the intersection. A jury agreed and awarded the plaintiff $300,000. They assigned only 10% of the blame to the victim.

Causes of Bus Accidents

One of the complications that can be encountered with a MetroBus, MetroLink, or school bus accident is the issue of liability. Sometimes, a private bus or taxi company is liable, but other times, liability rests with a school district, state, or local government. Bringing a personal injury case against a government entity differs from a typical motor vehicle accident case against an insurance company.

That is when the experience becomes even more critical. As an experienced lawyer, Christopher Hoffmann knows how to handle lawsuits against bus companies, taxicabs, school districts, and state and local governments. He is fully prepared to seek maximum compensation for injuries suffered in bus or taxicab accidents involving:

When a bus has to make a right turn, the driver is forced to swing the front part to the left to steer clear of any obstacles. Buses are often seen making wide right turns in highly populated streets.

When a bus attempts a wide right turn, a vehicle to the left may become sandwiched between the bus and the curb. Due to the bus’s considerable size and weight, such accidents are always dangerous and sometimes fatal.

Liability in Wide Right Turn Bus Accidents

Bus drivers undergo continued and intense training to stay current with their licenses. Their training and experience give them the skill to calculate the distance required to make a safe, wide right turn. If a driver fails to calculate the distance correctly and causes an accident, the driver may be liable for it.

Every bus driver must watch out for any passenger vehicles, pedestrians, or others they share the road with. A bus driver should signal the intent to turn well before turning and wait for the right opportunity before initiating the turn. Awareness of traffic laws and rules can go a long way in preventing all types of accidents.

Serious Injuries Resulting From Bus Accidents

Most wide right turn accidents occur at low speeds. The chances of a fatality are comparatively lower compared to other accident scenarios involving buses and trucks. However, victims often suffer severe injuries in such accidents. Some commonly reported injuries include:

St. Louis Bus Accident Lawyer

An experienced attorney would best handle any lawsuit filed that includes government employees. If you or your child have been hurt in a bus accident, the best way to receive full compensation for your injuries is to retain a qualified bus accident attorney.

The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. has been helping those involved in car accidents in Missouri and Illinois for 25 years. If you have been involved in an accident, call our law firm at (314) 361-4242 or contact us online to schedule a free and private consultation with a qualified St. Louis auto accident attorney.

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Tips for Driving Safely Around School Buses

The bigger a vehicle is, the more dangerous it is. This effect is due to its increased weight and the difficulty driving it. The most common large vehicle that drives the roads of St. Louis is buses. Because there are so many of them, it is worth your time to understand how to share the road with them safely. If you do not, you could be headed for a bus accident. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Stay out of Blind Spots—One of the most common accidents involving buses is when a car is in its blind spot. Buses frequently need to change lanes to make their stops, so driving in one’s blind spot is an especially unsafe practice. When driving near buses, ensure you are not right beside them. Instead, try to get ahead or far behind.
  • Obey the School Zone Speed Limit—It’s crucial to follow the speed limit in school zones to ensure the safety of children. This is especially important when driving a school bus during school hours when kids are present. By doing so, you will not only prevent accidents but also avoid having to pay a hefty fine.
  • Pass Correctly—Driving behind a bus can be very annoying. They often drive slowly and constantly stop, which delays you and may cause frustration. At some point, you will likely decide to pass them. When you do, you should follow safe practices. First, make sure you change lanes far behind the bus. You don’t want to get too close and rear-ending them at an unexpected stop. Next, don’t linger in their blind spot. Instead, get ahead of them as quickly as possible while staying safe and under the speed limit.
  • Increase Your Following Distance—Heavier vehicles have slower stopping times and thus require a more significant following distance. Additionally, buses stop more than any other vehicle on the road. If you’re tailgating a bus, you are at considerable risk of rear-ending them. To remedy this situation, try to stay at least thirty feet behind them.
  • Expect Wide Turns – Due to their size, buses cannot make tight turns like a typical car. Instead, they require wide turns, often taking up two full lanes during turns. When you get near an intersection, watch out for turn signals and other clues that the bus might be turning. When they start to turn, slow down and let them finish the turn before making a move.
  • Be patient—No one likes being stuck in traffic, especially when you’re running late. But when you see a school bus stopped on the side of the road, it’s important to be patient and wait for it to finish loading or unloading students. You could hit a child crossing the street if you try to squeeze by the bus. And even if you don’t hit anyone, you could get a ticket from a police officer who saw your unsafe driving. 
  • Be Aware of Your Surroundings – Children can be unpredictable. One moment, they’re running to catch the school bus, and the next, they’re darting out into traffic without looking both ways. That’s why it’s important always to be aware of your surroundings. Pay attention to the bus driver and the children as they board and exit. If you see a child running toward the street, be prepared to stop. In addition, distractions like cell phones and music players should be avoided. This will help you stay focused.

Complex Legality

Because buses are almost always owned by the government or a large corporation, suing for injury is usually very complicated. If you ever find yourself in this situation, speaking with an experienced lawyer is best.

The safest things to do when driving around buses are similar to those for any vehicle: Be patient and defensive. Though bus drivers do it professionally, large vehicles are difficult to maneuver. They will drive slower and take wide turns.

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