Bus Accident Attorney in Missouri

Injured? Hire Our St. Louis Personal Injury Lawyer

The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has required all passenger vehicles since 1968 to be fitted with seatbelts. Buses, however, are exempt for this rule, much to the confusion of safety organizations. Since bus passengers are unrestricted by seatbelts, any sort of bus accident or crash can be devastating and far worse than if people had been restrained.

If you or a loved one has been hurt while riding a bus, our Missouri personal injury attorneys from DeFeo & Kolker, LLC can help you seek proper compensation. If we can prove that the bus driver was negligent in any way before the collision occurred, your case will be bolstered and your chances of sizeable winnings will increase. We may even be able to pursue restitution from the city for not equipping its buses with proper seatbelts.

Call 314.684.8285 today to discuss your case with us in detail.

Why Are Buses Not Equipped with Seatbelts?

School buses and city buses are deemed “safe” by the DOT due to a feature of their construction called compartmentalization. Under this design theory, creating seats that are close together with impact resistance seatbacks creates a safety system that, allegedly, works extremely well. The National Transportation Safety Board contradicts their opinion and findings, citing that this feature does not protect passengers from the dangers of rollovers and side-impact collisions.

Due to a buses lack of safety features, injuries that occur in a crash include:

Damages You May Be Able to Receive

If you have been seriously injured in a bus accident, our firm’s St. Louis personal injury lawyers – also based out of an office in Kansas City – are prepared to go the distance and fight to recover damages on your behalf. We will want to begin by examining your medical records and the injuries other passengers suffered. This can help us establish liability, the likelihood that your injuries were a result of the crash, and what your maximum medical improvement (MMI) will cost.

Damages you may be awarded, depending on the circumstances of your case, are:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Reduced earning potential
  • Undue pain and suffering

If your loved one lost their life in a bus accident, you can file a lawsuit for wrongful death. Damages for loss of personal relationship, ceased income gains, and funeral expenses can all be rewarded as a result of a successful claim. To get a complete representation of the damages that you individual situation warrants, it is imperative that you consult with our attorneys as soon as possible.

Why You Should Hire DeFeo & Kolker, LLC

We have been fighting for the rights of injured clients for more than 30 years, gaining a respected reputation within the legal community for our excellence and hard-hitting advocacy. With more than $100 million recovered for our clients throughout the years, we are backed with the skill and experience you need to give you the edge in the courtroom.

Here are just some of the various awards we have received for our services:

  • American Board of Trial Advocates membership
  • AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum®
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum® membership
  • Prestigious Super Lawyers® inclusion

More than just being skilled legal advocates, you will find that our St. Louis personal injury attorneys are compassionate allies in a time of uncertainty. Contact us today for small firm personalized attention that yields large firm results.