Kansas City Bus Accident Attorney
Personal Injury Lawyer in Kansas City, Missouri
Buses are a means of transportation for children, commuters, and those looking to save money on gas. Although a large bus may travel at relatively low speeds, its large size and weight makes it a significant danger to other drivers on the road. In the event of a collision, serious injuries can incur. A bus accident may place occupants of other vehicles,
cyclists and bus passengers at risk of having their life transformed in the event of an accident. Some bus accidents may even lead to the
death of one or more of these victims.
There are state and federal laws that protect you while riding a bus, but you can still have trouble obtaining compensation. In the event of a bus accident, it is important to talk about your legal options with an experienced lawyer from our firm. Our Kansas City personal injury lawyers can understand how to approach the matter in a way that can properly present your case and offer you the best opportunity of obtaining a positive result. We understand what legal rights you have as a bus passenger and therefore, we can defend you with firm resolve to get you the compensation you deserve.
Types of Bus Accidents
Police can induct initial investigations of bus accidents, but larger organizations such as the Missouri Department of Transportation (DOT) or the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) can also probe into these types of accidents, particularly the extremely serious ones involving multiple injuries, fatalities and extreme property damage. Listed below are the three major types of bus accidents by type of bus.
City Bus Accidents
Some bus accidents involve the Kansas City Metro (Kansas City Area Transportation Authority). The KCATA serves the city of Kansas City and most Missouri suburbs. The Metro is a city service, so accidents involving the city bus can potentially name both the driver, the Metro and Kansas City as the defendants. These accidents are typically caused by driver negligence, hiring negligence or the Metro's failure to meet industry safety regulations.
Charter/Private Bus Accidents
Charter buses and other types of private buses are also regulated for safety, but these standards are different than with city or school buses. The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) holds all charter buses accountable to meet the requirements laid out in Title 49 Part 604. These types of accidents will name the transit agency, private operator and/or driver as defendants.
School Bus Accidents
According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), school buses are the safest way for children to travel to and from school. Despite strict state and federal regulations, school bus accidents still occur. Injuries can be caused by improper seat belts, driver negligence and mechanical defects.
How Wendt, Goss, P.C. Can Help
When a person is involved in a bus accident caused by another's negligent conduct, whether unintentional or intentional, this may be grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. This type of case would be filed in civil court and could offer the victim the chance to recover financial damages. The victim can obtain compensation for what he or she has experienced and future medical costs.
A bus accident victim may be able to recover money for medical care, lost wages, and even emotional damages. You can find out what your claim may be worth, what legal rights you have in moving forward with a lawsuit and what to do at this point to positively impact your case. To learn more about how our firm's services can help you through a bus accident injury, contact a Kansas City personal injury lawyer at Wendt Goss, P.C. We provide legal services on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay nothing unless we win your case. Call today!