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Are you struggling with debilitating injuries because you were recently involved in a bus accident in St. Petersburg, Florida? Call Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers at (727) 314-5988, and discover how our St. Petersburg bus accident attorneys can help you stand up and fight for the compensation you deserve.

Since 2001, our top-rated Florida litigators have been fierce advocates for bus accident victims and families whose lives have been turned upside down by these tragic crashes. Unafraid to stand up to powerful government agencies, bus companies, and insurers, we’ve led our clients to millions of dollars in life-changing compensation.

Benefit from a team with 119+ years of experience handling complex cases like St. Petersburg train accidents, car accidents, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents in St. Petersburg, truck accidents, and more. Contact our law office in St. Petersburg, FL, to get started with a free, no-obligation case evaluation today.

How Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help if You’re Hurt in a St Petersburg, FL, Bus Accident

How Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help if You’re Hurt in a St Petersburg, FL, Bus Accident

You’re supposed to be focused on recovering from your painful physical injuries and trauma related to your St. Petersburg bus accident. How can you also figure out why your bus accident happened, who caused it, and what to do if the insurance company refuses to take your claim seriously? 

Our St. Petersburg personal injury lawyers are here to take on every aspect of your bus accident lawsuit for you while you focus on your recovery.

We can do the following in service of your bus accident claim:

  • Investigate your bus accident to determine the cause(s) and who’s to blame
  • Gather and analyze critical pieces of evidence, including bus maintenance records, driver records, photographs of the scene, property damage, and resulting injuries, video footage, witness statements, medical records, accident reports, and more
  • Consult with bus accident and injury experts as we build and value your claim for damages
  • Anticipate strategies to deny your claim, shift blame, or limit your financial payout
  • Handle settlement negotiations with the bus company, government agency, insurance carriers, negligent third-party motorist, and other parties on your behalf
  • Litigate your bus accident case in front of a jury in Pinellas County, if necessary

We understand that this is your one opportunity to fight back and demand accountability for your bus accident injuries. We intend to help you make the most of it. Our law firm works on contingency, so there’s absolutely no cost to hire us unless we win your bus accident case. 

Call to learn more about the benefits of a partnership with our personal injury law firm during this difficult time in your life.

How Common Are Bus Accidents in Florida?

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, hundreds of bus accidents are reported across the State of Florida every year.

In 2021, there were 1,133 auto accidents involving buses in Florida. These accidents caused at least 869 injuries and 25 deaths.

This marked a significant increase from the year prior, when just 914 bus accidents occurred across the Sunshine State. That year, 755 people were injured in Florida bus accidents, while another 16 were killed.

Who’s Liable for a Bus Accident in St. Petersburg?

Many times, bus accidents happen because someone is negligent. In Florida, anyone whose negligence contributes to a bus accident can be financially responsible for the resulting damages.

Depending on the specific circumstances of your case, liable parties might include:

  • Negligent bus driver
  • Negligent school bus driver
  • Bus company or service
  • Government agencies or bus services, like the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA)
  • School district
  • Third-party motorist (e.g., driver of a passenger vehicle, truck driver, motorcyclist, Uber or Lyft driver)
  • Bicyclist or pedestrian
  • Bus passenger
  • Property owner

Bus accidents can also happen when a bus or another vehicle is defective. Faulty tires, brakes, or steering columns can cause a bus to malfunction and, in turn, contribute to a collision. In these situations, the company that manufactured the bus or vehicle could be liable for damages.

Shared Responsibility for a Bus Accident in Florida

Florida is a modified comparative negligence state. Anyone who contributes to an accident – including victims – can share responsibility for the consequences of a bus accident.

Under the state’s law, damages are reduced in direct proportion to a plaintiff’s degree of fault. However, you cannot recover any damages if you are mostly at fault.

For instance, sharing 10 percent responsibility for a bus accident will result in a reduction of damages by 10 percent.

You’ll want to be ready to be blamed for the bus accident – especially if you were a bystander or an occupant of another vehicle. The bus company may try to limit its own liability by shifting blame. The less liability they share, the less they’ll have to pay for your injuries and suffering.

Our bus accident attorneys in St. Petersburg will be ready to fight back against these claims. We’ll defend you at every turn, demanding persuasive evidence of shared responsibility and working hard to gather evidence that minimizes your role in the wreck.

What Causes St. Petersburg Bus Accidents?

Some of the most common causes of bus accidents in St. Petersburg, FL, include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Inexperienced drivers
  • Drunk driving
  • Speeding
  • Braking errors
  • Following too closely
  • Failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Merging errors
  • Drowsy driving
  • Negligent bus maintenance
  • Bus defects
  • Limited visibility
  • Bad weather conditions
  • Negligent hiring

Our attorneys will carefully examine the details of your bus accident to determine precisely why and how it happened. With this information, we can actively pursue compensation from anyone who indirectly or directly contributed to your crash.

We Handle All Types of Bus Accident Cases in St. Petersburg, FL

At Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers, we proudly represent clients who have suffered injuries in:

  • Commercial bus accidents
  • Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority bus accidents
  • School bus accidents
  • Tour bus accidents
  • Charter bus accidents
  • Private rental bus accidents
  • Fatal bus accidents

Don’t hesitate to reach out to a member of our compassionate legal team if you or a close family member has been injured in a St. Petersburg bus crash. We’re here to offer guidance and support 24 hours a day.

What Damages Can I Get If I File a St. Petersburg Bus Accident Claim?

When you file a bus accident lawsuit, you can potentially recover compensation for both economic and non-economic losses.

Economic damages are intended to make you financially whole after you’ve been injured in a bus accident.

Examples include:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Rehabilitation
  • Disability
  • Nursing care
  • Property damage
  • Out-of-pocket expenses
  • Funeral expenses

Non-economic damages are intended to compensate for the trauma, suffering, and life changes you experience because you’ve been in a bus accident.

Examples include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Chronic physical pain
  • Mental anguish
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Scarring
  • Embarrassment
  • Loss of consortium

Our St. Petersburg bus accident attorneys will dig deep and work to understand the full scope and impact of your injuries. We’ll conduct an exhaustive investigation and coordinate with respected experts and specialists. The more we know about your injuries – and how they’ll affect your life moving forward – the better prepared we’ll be to get a result that really represents what your bus accident case is worth.

Fighting To Help You Recover Compensation for All of Your Bus Accident Injuries

Whether you’re a passenger on the bus, a pedestrian, or an occupant of another vehicle, the injuries you suffer in a bus accident can be catastrophic.

Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers is here to help you seek compensation for all of your bus accident injuries, including:

  • Whiplash
  • Neck injury
  • Back injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Eye injury
  • Dental injury
  • Joint injury
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Burns
  • Nerve damage
  • Amputation
  • Concussion
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Crushing injury
  • Chest injury
  • Wrongful death

Get to the closest hospital or emergency room in St. Petersburg as soon as you can after your bus accident. Once you’ve received treatment and your condition is stable, don’t hesitate to reach out to our law office to discuss your rights and legal options.

How Long Do I Have To File a Bus Accident Lawsuit in Florida?

In Florida, you’ll typically have two years from the date of your bus accident to file a negligence claim for damages.

If you’ve lost a family member in a fatal St. Petersburg bus accident, you’ll also have two years to seek damages in a wrongful death action.

Don’t let too much time go by without taking action after your St. Petersburg bus accident. There may be exceptions that give you more (or less) time. But when the statute of limitations deadline expires, you’ll lose out on the opportunity to demand the compensation you need and deserve. 

Protect yourself by enlisting the help of our experienced personal injury attorneys in St. Petersburg. A member of our team is always here to take your call – 24/7/365.

Schedule a Free Consultation With an Experienced St. Petersburg Bus Accident Lawyer

Did you recently suffer serious injuries or lose a family member in a car accident involving a bus in St. Petersburg, FL? Call Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers Our St. Petersburg bus accident attorneys are ready to help you navigate the complexities of a legal claim for damages and fight to maximize your financial recovery.

Put top-rated, award-winning Florida trial attorneys in your corner. Give yourself every opportunity to get the money you deserve. Contact our law office in St. Petersburg to get started. Your first case evaluation is 100 percent free, so call now.

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Anthony David
Anthony David
Winters & Yonker are an extremely knowledgeable car accident attorneys in Tampa. Marc represented me injured in a car crash when I was coming off I-4. He is clearly the best in the field! The entire team at his firm is AMAZING!!!They helped through my whole process always keeping me up to date. They referenced me to the best doctors to assist in my recovery. I always felt comfortable with every part of it specially now in the pandemic time. The stuff is very friendly and always available for you. I specifically like to thank PRE-LITIGATION department. They were passionate, dedicated and professional. Marc worked very hard on my case and did fantastic job!!! I am very pleased with the outcome of my case. The results are outstanding. I highly recommend Marc and his entire Firm. You guys are AWESOME! Thank You to everyone at this firm!
Karla Rogers
Karla Rogers
Best lawyer ever! I had an accident gave them a call and like three months later, case Settled and full payout... Excellent service!
Lenette Montalvo
Lenette Montalvo
Christopher from Winter and Yonker was amazing. Very nice person to talk to, listen to what I had to say, and even gave his opinion when needed. From start to finish I felt very important and I was impressed by this law firm every one i spoke to made me feel safe and comfortableto. My accident has done a lot of damage to me, and knowing I had an attorney from Winters and Yonker on my side made me feel great. My compensation for my accident is amazing and it will help me in my life. Thank you very much I will definitely recommend this law firm.
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coleman vera
I went to Winter & Yonker Law Firm for my Tampa car accident case I was involved in. My case manager throughout the process and she took care of me from start to finish. The process was very seamless, I received the medical treatment that I needed immediately and at the very end, concluded with a very rewarding settlement. I've worked with a few law firms from prior accidents and none can compare to the service OR expertise I received from Mr. Yonker.👉 If you're seeking help for an injury related case, I would definitely recommend working with him and their amazing legal staff at Winter & Yonker Firm in Tampa. I will always use this firm for all my Personal Injury Claims! If you are l@@king for an Attorney to give you Top Notch legal help and the MOST money for your Pain & Suffering then take it from me I'm a paralegal and this firm continues to OUTSHINE them all!
Meredith Wilson
Meredith Wilson
This was my first personal injury experience. I wanted to choose a law office I could trust. A friend of mine recommended the law offices of Winters & Yonker, Personal Injury Lawyers in Tampa. Through the entire process Attorney Marc Yonkers was helpful and communication was stellar. I never felt out the loop. I felt confident throughout entire process. Which this month (Sept. 2023) they were able to settle my accident case successfully and to my 100% satisfaction. I cannot recommend Winters & Yonker and or Marc any higher. In short they are firm, fair, aggressive, responsive, super smart and know the numerous ins and outs of Personal Injury cases (which can be quite complicated). Upon hiring them you get a law firm that will leave you confident that your case will be handled expertly and with your interests front and center.
Geneva Ramirez
Geneva Ramirez
Winters and Yonkers has been a legend of the Tampa Bay personal injury Attorney community for a long time. I was in a car accident recently with my husband, we suffered back and neck pains after two days and thought to get someone’s help. I found Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers through a google search and called them right up. The same day Mr. Winters contacted both of us, listened, and was compassionate to our situation. He helped us through the entire process including getting me seen by a Doctor so we could heal our injuries correctly, and we got our medical bills reduced! Bill Winters, my case manager, and the entire staff were very knowledgeable and exceptional at their work. We would like to express my sincere gratitude to them and recommend them without any hesitation to anybody who needs help, don't try and fight the at fault's insurance on your own. If you're injured and need someone to protect your rights you won't find a better Attorney than Bill Winters at Winters & Yonkers!-Geneva, Tampa FL#personalinjurylawyer #caraccidentlawyer #tampainjuryattorney
Shelley Torres
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Bum Boi
Bum Boi
My wife and I are work in Mediation and Arbitration but know nothing about personal injury cases. When a young delivery Truck driver who was distracted by his phone hit us at full speed and rear-ended us as we were stopped in traffic on Wesley chapel. We knew we needed to hire the best lawyers with PI experience and expertise in the Tampa legal community that we could.From our first phone call with Bill Winters and then all the way through Trial preparation then Trial, we never felt any bad about our case because we knew Bill and the entire staff at Winters and Yonker would take care of us.Their dedication, innovation, motivation, reliability, unparalleled intellect, and exceptional skill as trial lawyers make them extraordinary individuals. My experience working with them was nothing short of exceptional. Experiencing a car accident is an ordeal that encompasses fear, trauma, and frustration. It's a life-changing event in anyone's life. There was no amount of money that could ever make me alright, because I would give any amount of cash to not have to go through the nightmare that the car accident was and continues to be.It took almost 2 years from the time of the car crash to go to trial, but ultimately the jury verdict that Bill Winters got for my family was worth fighting for. There were so many times over the course of the three years that we actively realized how amazing it was that we felt no anxiety or concerns or worries about our case, because Bill is truly outstanding!If you or anyone you know gets hurt in a car accident, call Winters and Yonkers RIGHT AWAY! And then rest assured that you, your family, or friends are being cared for by the ABSOLUTE BEST legal team in Tampa Bay. Thank you, Winters & Yonker!
Glenda Litimco
Glenda Litimco
Winters & Yonker law firm did excellent work with my injury case. Luckily, I was referred to Winters & Yonker from a good friend after I was injured in a car accident. I did some initial research about injury lawyers near me, but the reviews for this office really stood out to me in Tampa. I decided to call and after a single phone conversation, the choice was easy to make! Not only was everyone extremely professional, they made the entire process smooth and clear. I was at ease with each step of the way because they were always there to answer my questions and keep me informed of what was happening. All expectations were met and my settlement was exceeded. I got much more than I thought was even possible from the insurance company. I highly recommend the Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers, and their team in Tampa to anyone in need of help after a car, truck, or motorcycle accident. You'll be in good hands!
Dandrea Ikner
Dandrea Ikner
This is the best lawyer in town
Nicky Warner
Nicky Warner
Max was amazing! He kept me updated throughout the whole process and was extremely easy to talk with. He also explained everything so I can completely understand it. It was an amazing experience. Thank you, Max!
Erika Smith
Erika Smith
I had a great experience with them! They truly care about you!! Thank you so much🤗
Jonathan Clem
Jonathan Clem
I was injured in a car crash here in town. Since it was essentially a "he said she said" accident case the opposing insurance claimed it was a 50/50 fault. Even though it clearly could not have been my fault. However, Bill worked diligently to get me everything I was needed to get my life back. He worked to get me access to all the doctors I needed and medical treamtment for my neck and back. Plus, a large settlement amount. Bill even took the time to calm me down when I saw the initial amount and cost for seeing my medical bills piling up! He even managed to get them to reduce their bills significantly! Plus, I received as much as possible. Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers in Tampa provided a great legal service. They were strait forward and honest about the approach, and communicated every aspect of the process. The firm took care of everything. I would 100% without a doubt recommend him if I knew someone that need a personal injury attorney. Given the circumstances of our introduction I hope I never have to, BUT Bill Winters will definitely be my first call if I'm ever injured again!
marie silvers
marie silvers
They are the Best! They care about you as a person!
jorden reagan
jorden reagan
Everyone on their staff is amazing! Chris and Sara won my case and helped me out with an accident that occurred a few months back. They made the entire process so easy! They called with case updates but not too often where it was constant phone calls. It was just enough to know what was going on the whole time without being bombarded. Thankful for Tayler on their staff who helped inform me on why Winters and Yonker was the best choice to go with!
Kimberly Rushton
Kimberly Rushton
Yes, I would highly recommend winners in Yonkers. I worked with Trevor and Trevor was the best. I recommend anyone that ever needs a lawyer to go to them. They are the best.
Pat Pawelkop
Pat Pawelkop
Highly recommend. Bill Winters and his staff took time to answer my questions, and handled my case in a timely and professional manner. I almost didn't contact a lawyer over my "small" injury case because I feared it would be so difficult and stressful. But he got me the settlement that my insurance company owed me, and I would never have been able to do that on my own. And with less stress that I anticipated. I'm glad I called them.
Amysway Barton
Amysway Barton
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Certified Soul
Certified Soul
Winters and Yonker is who you want to go to when you get in a car accident because they will take care of you and won’t let you get low balled on your settlement. I got in a car accident where my back and shoulder was injured and I was referred to a attorney named Trevor. I appreciate Trevor for handling my case and keeping me informed with all the information I needed.
Sean S
Sean S
One of the best law firms in Tampa. My family was involved in a serious car accident. We went to that other personal injury firm with the two M's they were trying to make us settle the case quickly and they we're not listening to us with the arrogant attitude that they were the experts and we were just ignorant. We promptly fired them and then hired Winters & yonker. Our settlement was 5 times higher than what the MM wanted to settle for.I would like to thank Winters and Yonkers entire staff for a wonderful experience. They were all very knowledgeable and walked us through the whole process. We really felt like they cared, unlike the other firm.
Linda Robinson
Linda Robinson
I’m giving Winters & Yonker a shout out. My mother fell in Winn Dixie afew months ago. Her first choice wasMorgan & Morgan; however, after theinterview with them they decided not to take the case. My perception was that it was not a big enough case for them. I knew that she deserved to be compensated for her injuries, and I had mad faith in Winters & Yonker from using them in the past. They not only took the case but settled it in record time. Thanks Winters and Yonker, and I like to send a special thank you to Christopher Smith, who was never to busy when I needed answers. I would recommend your law firm to anyone. I found you to be ethical, professional, and respectful to my family, but most of all you will fight for the little guy. Much love and respect. God bless you all and your families👏👏👏👏
Reuben Rodriques
Reuben Rodriques
Other said it couldn't be done called your law firm and immediately you got on it impressive shocking furthermore you showed integrity did what you had to do though you didn't have to do it and I was shockingly pleased thank you you surprised me had I to choose any other law firm I would not hesitate to call you or share my experience with my friends thank you once again from me and my family amen
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