Bus Accident Lawyers
When a large vehicle is involved in an accident, whether it’s a city bus or a charter/coach bus, the sheer size and weight of these vehicles often results in severe property damage, injury, and even death. Bus accidents take the lives of Minnesotans each year and are a common cause of brain and spinal cord injuries, as well as neck, back, orthopedic and neurological injuries.
If you’ve been injured in a bus crash, or if you know someone who has been injured or killed in a bus crash, contact Meshbesher & Spence for a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys. We will help you recover damages for your injuries.
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Speak with an attorney at Meshbesher & Spence and let us help you receive compensation for:
- Lost wages, future earnings and earning capacity
- Past, present and future medical bills
- Pain, suffering and emotional distress
- Permanent injury and disability
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Wrongful death and funeral expenses
- Property damage and car rental
- Replacement services
- And other general damages
The lawyer you choose make a difference®
The lawyers at Meshbesher & Spence are here to help. We have the experience and knowledge to make sure that you are fairly compensated. We are prepared to work diligently to make sure you are appropriately compensated for your medical expenses and physical and emotional suffering.
As the victim of a crash, you may face lost wages, unmanageable medical bills, repair bills, out of pocket expenses, and a mountain of complicated insurance claims. The insurance companies have experienced attorneys looking out for their interests. We believe you should have the very best attorneys looking out for you. Meshbesher & Spence has more than 50 years of experience of representing injured individuals and families and we will fight to get the compensation you deserve.
You don’t pay anything unless we make a recovery for you
When you hire Meshbesher & Spence, you will not be asked to pay any attorney fees or out of pocket expenses until you receive compensation for your injuries. In the event that you do not recover compensation for your injuries, you will not be asked to pay anything. This means that you have no reason not to hire the experienced law firm of Meshbesher & Spence. It is important to act immediately to protect your rights. Call Meshbesher & Spence to speak with a lawyer to discuss your potential vehicle accident claim. You will receive a free consultation, and our personal injury lawyers are available to visit you in the hospital, at home, at one of our five office locations, or any place that is most convenient for you.
School buses carry approximately 24 million students over 4 billion miles per year. Though many adults are beginning to lobby for the installation of seat belts on school buses, overall, statistics show that your child is safer on a school bus, with or without safety belts, than in a car. Until all school buses are equipped with bus passenger safety belts, here are the things you can do to help ensure your child’s safety in and around area school buses and bus stops.
Tips for School Bus Passenger Safety
Your child’s behavior at the bus stop is an important part of school bus safety. Make sure your child is aware of and adheres to these pre-boarding safety rules: When waiting for their bus, kids should be advised to stay out of the street. At bus stops, have your child line up approximately ten feet from the curb. Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop and the driver acknowledges the children before boarding. Since the driver is the only one who can view all traffic on the road, it is best to wait until he or she says it’s safe to come aboard. If your child must cross the street to board the bus, instruct him or her to wait for the bus to come to a complete stop and for the driver to flash the red lights and extend the STOP sign. Children should then look both ways before crossing to board the bus.
If walking in front of the bus, children should make eye contact with the driver and take five giant steps (approximately equal to 10 feet) in front of the bus before completely crossing.
ON-BOARD AND EXIT SAFETY
Encourage your child to use proper bus passenger behavior, respect the driver’s authority, and don’t do things that could distract the driver. Instruct your child to:
Stay in the seat – refrain from standing while the bus is in motion. Keep the noise down. Keep head, hands, and feet inside the bus. Refrain from throwing things in or outside of the bus. Keep the bus and its aisles clean of debris and spills. Cooperate with the driver, listening and adhering to his or her instructions. Refrain from rushing, roughhousing or pushing when boarding and exiting the bus. Don’t chase or try and stop a bus. Never try to retrieve anything from underneath the bus. Steer clear of the ‘Danger Zone’ (the 10 feet of blind spot surrounding the bus) unless boarding or exiting. With the proper safety precautions and instruction in place, you can minimize your child’s risk and reduce risk for others riding the school bus.
The lawyers at Meshbesher & Spence do not expect to be paid until the case is resolved.
Here’s a list of the most important things to think about when choosing an attorney to represent you in your claim:
Research your potential lawyer’s experience and track record. This is key in verifying your attorney’s familiarity with cases like yours, their overall capabilities, and record of success.
Make it local
Sure the actors in those frequent daytime TV commercials touting the law offices of some large, important sounding firm might sound enticing but the truth is they’re usually from large impersonal referral services or scammy out-of-state firms looking to snag as many clients as they can without any real regard for you or your case. The same is true for those paid online search ads “trolling” for out-of-state cases. But the worst part is these lawyers don’t have any of the real hands-on experience with your local judges and court system, which puts them – and your case – at a distinct disadvantage.
Always hire an attorney whose practice is based in your state – even better, one in your specific town or area. (Meshbesher & Spence has four locations in Minnesota to serve you – and we make house calls!) Choosing a local attorney is not only best for the outcome of your case, as our extensive knowledge of your state’s laws and local experience will directly support your claim – it also helps support the local economy as well.
Contingency: You pay when they win
Simply put, if you don’t win – you don’t pay! This means that if you don’t win your case, you owe your lawyer nothing. A contingent fee agreement says that your lawyer receives a percentage of your settlement as his or her payment. Because you don’t pay out of pocket, you should not hesitate to approach established firms who may appear to be out of your league financially. You want the very best attorney you can get to take your case – contingency allows you to get the most for your money.
Remember it’s NEVER to your advantage to represent yourself – there’s a reason why it takes so much schooling and experience to become a successful lawyer. Since you don’t pay if you don’t win, you can afford to choose the very best in the business and give your case its best possible chance in court.
Whether your claim is medical malpractice, worker’s compensation or a something else altogether, make sure you choose a lawyer with specific experience in the arena in which your claim exists. Just as an obstetrician has a different and more specialized set of skills than a neurologist or rheumatologist, each area of law has it’s own set of idiosyncrasies and intricate complexities and it will serve you best to choose a lawyer who “does it for a living,” instead of a family friend whose focus may be tax or family law but who does some worker’s compensation claims on the side. Always seek out the most qualified professional for your best chance at success.
Word of mouth
Although word of mouth referrals from friends and family can be your best source of information, be sure to check your source carefully. Ask only people you trust, who have experience in claims (either as plaintiffs or within the legal field), and be sure to ask specific questions about what it was like to work with the attorney they’re referring, whether or not they would hire them again, and why.
If you know or have access to a defense attorney, ask them who their best adversary in the area is. Never choose an attorney solely because they are a friend of a friend, or are related to you or someone you know. These qualities do not necessarily make them the best-qualified attorney to represent you and your case.
The Minnesota attorneys of Meshbesher & Spence have been representing families in crisis for over 50 years. We’re skilled in personal injury, class action, criminal defense, and civil litigation. At Meshbesher & Spence, we are proud of the tradition of excellence upon which our practice is built, and continue that tradition in a relentless pursuit of justice for each individual and family in need of our representation. Our work is based upon the belief that the lawyer you choose truly does make a difference, and we believe that every Minnesota family deserves the very best. If you’re in need of an attorney, contact Meshbesher & Spence today for a free consultation call 1-888-728-9866.
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Bus Accident Lawyers