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EXPERIENCED ST. LOUIS BUS ACCIDENT ATTORNEY

Thousands of people in St. Louis ride MetroBus (Bi-State bus) every day. In addition, thousands of school children ride school buses throughout Missouri on school days. Some of these buses will be involved in bus accidents. School bus accidents are the scariest of all because of the vulnerable nature of their passengers. When the news reports a Missouri school bus accident, it commands the front page because of the understandable concern about the safety of our children.

Bus accidents can result in terrible injuries to bus passengers, pedestrians struck by a bus, and other vehicle occupants as well. These injuries include head injuries, brain injuries, and neck and back injuries, among others. The victims of these accidents often are left with large medical bills, lost wages, and permanent injury.

When a negligent driver or company causes serious injury to a bus passenger, they must be held accountable for the damage and harm they have inflicted through their actions. Missouri bus accident lawyer John M. Cichelero has assisted many bus passengers in obtaining the compensation they deserve for injuries sustained in bus accidents. If you have been injured in a Missouri bus accident, contact John Cichelero via e-mail or call 314-205-2886 for a free consultation.

THE FACTS

According to Department of Transportation records, between 2000 and 2008, there were 99,000 bus injury crashes. These bus crashes resulted in 236,000 persons injured. There were 2,558 fatal bus accidents between 2000 and 2008 involving all types of buses. Of this number, 1,002 involved school buses, 297 involved cross-country or inter-city buses, and 1,208 involved transit buses. For more statistical information, click here.

FEDERAL AND STATE LAWS APPLY

Buses that carry passengers are considered common carriers under federal and state laws. Bus operators must comply with certain safety and driving standards. Therefore, a bus accident may involve issues that are more complex than an ordinary automobile accident. For examples of the many regulations applicable to carriers who transport passengers, click here. The Missouri personal injury lawyer representing the victims of a bus accident needs to be familiar with the various regulations and laws that apply to common carriers.

PURSUING THOSE RESPONSIBLE

Following a bus crash, a bus accident lawyer will undertake an investigation to determine the facts and cause of the bus accident. The bus crash may be the result of the negligence of several different entities. The bus driver may be at fault in the way he or she operated the bus; the bus company operating the bus may be liable either as the employer for the driver or for some other negligent act, and; the company responsible for bus maintenance may be liable. Bus accidents may be the result of overzealous bus drivers trying to stay on schedule or the negligence of other motor vehicle operators. Whatever the cause or causes of the bus accident, the victims need an experienced personal injury lawyer to investigate the cause and to pursue the parties responsible.

NO FEE IF NO RECOVERY

If you have been injured in a bus accident, contact attorney John M. Cichelero for a free consultation. Your claim will be handled on a No Fee if No Recovery basis. If you would like to discuss your claim with Mr. Cichelero, please e-mail or call 314-205-2886.

Mr. Cichelero serves clients from the areas of St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles, Farmington, Troy, Fredericktown, Potosi, Owensville, Hillsboro, Warren County, Jefferson County, Franklin County, St. Francois County, Washington County, Lincoln County and most other cities and counties within Missouri. He also represents clients in parts of Illinois, including Granite City, Alton, Wood River, Collinsville, Fairmont City, Fairview Heights, Shiloh, O’Fallon, and Belleville.

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