We understand the hardship and loss that is suffered after a bus accident involving serious injury or death. Accident victims and families in the Upper Midwest, including Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota, rely on the experienced bus accident attorneys at Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben to help them navigate the aftermath of difficult situations.
Bus accidents can be caused by numerous contributing factors including driver negligence, dangerous roadways, bad weather conditions, inadequate security, defective products and improper maintenance. According to the Center for National Truck and Bus Safety Statistics, the most common fatal bus related accidents are car-bus collisions and pedestrian accidents.
Commercial Bus Accidents
The Federal Department of Transportation’s Motor Carrier Safety Administration develops and polices rules and regulations to ensure the safety of bus passengers. Some of the rules include the hours a bus driver must log before carrying passengers (including acquiring a special license), bus safety features and preventive maintenance of the bus. The Federal government defines a bus as a passenger-carrying vehicle designed to seat at least 16 including the driver.
School Bus Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a school bus is the safest motor vehicle on our highways, despite more than 10,000 children being injured in school bus accidents each year. Children can be injured while riding the bus, and in many cases are hit by the bus. Bus accidents can result in wrongful death or serious injuries such as catastrophic burns, broken bones, amputation, traumatic brain injury, neck, back, and spinal cord injuries.
Do not accept any claim before you speak with an attorney. Many large insurance companies have adopted settlement policies that encourage their adjusters to offer quick payments to persons involved in an accident. Insurance adjusters will contact you or your family shortly after an accident to try to gain your confidence. In doing so, insurance adjusters often try to present themselves as the friend of the injured person or the family of the person who was killed in an accident. The goal of such contact is to settle the case on terms as favorable as possible for the insurance company.
Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben is Minnesota’s largest personal injury law firm. We maintain a national reputation for achieving substantial settlements and jury verdicts for our bus accident clients.
Our success is attributed to the combination of experience, expertise, and exceptional dedication to the needs of every client. Many accidents are caused by negligence, so it is imperative that anyone involved in an accident contact an experienced injury attorney. Please remember that it is vital to act swiftly after you’ve been injured. The sooner you involve a personal injury attorney, the better we will be able to preserve evidence, gather essential witnesses and address any other important factors.