A wrongful-death lawsuit has been filed against Midnight Express, the company’s three operators, and one of its drivers after a 26-year-old woman fell to her death after falling out of a party bus. The suit was filed on behalf of the infant daughter of 26-year-old Jamie Frecks.
On May 4, Frecks was celebrating a friend’s bachelorette party when the bus hit a bump as it rounded a curve on Interstate 35 in Kansas City, Kansas. The side double doors flew open and the woman was thrown from the bus. According to the lawsuit, she was struck by at least three vehicles. The suit states that Midnight Express bought the used vehicle in 2010 and made “extensive modifications” that included removal of some of the vehicle’s safety features.
At the end of May, U.S. Department of Transportation issued an “imminent hazard” order that prohibited the company from continuing to operate until it addressed what the federal order termed an “appalling” disregard for safety. According to the order, a post-accident inspection of the bus found several “egregious regulatory safety violations, including no or defective emergency exit windows.” Midnight Express was not in compliance with federal safety standards and did not carry adequate liability.
Hopefully, this case will highlight the importance of safety regulations and ensure that other companies comply with federal safety requirements to avoid future tragedies. For Ms. Freck’s family, our legal system is their means to receive compensation for their loss.
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