Month: October 2017

Surprising Bus Accident Statistics

Surprising Bus Accident Statistics

Every day, millions of people rely on buses to take them where they need to go. Buses are often seen as a convenient and reliable form of transportation, but unfortunately, buses are not always safe. Many people are injured in accidents involving city buses, tour buses, and school buses every year. Here are some of the most surprising bus accident statistics:

School Bus Fatalities

Between 2006 and 2015, there were over 1,100 fatal school bus accidents and over 1,300 fatalities. Surprisingly, people who were inside the bus at the time of the accident only accounted for 9% of these fatalities. Pedestrians and bicyclists who were hit by the bus accounted for 20%, while other drivers on the road accounted for 71% of fatalities.

School-Age Pedestrians

An average of 7 school-age pedestrians are struck by school buses and killed every year. An additional 4 school-age pedestrians are killed every year after being hit by other vehicles involved in a school bus accident. The majority of these fatalities occurred during the hours that children walk to and from school, including from 6-8 a.m. and from 3-4 p.m. For this reason, it’s important to remind your kids to be extra cautious when walking to school, especially when they are around school buses that may not see them on the road.

Type of Bus

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that school buses were involved in more fatal accidents than intercity and transit buses between the years 2005 and 2015. During this time, school buses accounted for 41% of all fatal accidents, while transit buses accounted for 33% and intercity buses accounted for 13%.

Bus Accident Injuries

In 2015, there were 14,000 bus accidents involving injuries. Over 24,000 people were injured in these accidents, which means 146.8 people are injured per every 100 million miles traveled by bus.

If you have been injured in a bus accident, regardless of whether you were inside the bus, walking, or in another vehicle at the time of the accident, get in touch with an attorney as soon as possible. Filing a personal injury claim is a bit more complicated when a bus is involved, so you will need an experienced attorney’s help.

At Reisch Law Firm, we are committed to helping bus accident victims recover the compensation that they deserve. Let our personal injury attorneys take care of your case so you can focus on recovering from your physical and emotional injuries. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.

Follow These Courtroom Etiquette Tips

Follow These Courtroom Etiquette Tips

If you have been charged with a crime, it’s important to put your best foot forward for each and every court appearance. Every move that you make and word that you speak will be closely watched while you’re in a courtroom, and your behavior could affect how the judge and jury treat you. Make a good impression by following these courtroom etiquette tips:

Dress Appropriately

Your clothing should show the judge that you are taking the court seriously. Men should either wear a suit or a collared shirt and dress pants, while women should wear a skirt or pants suit with or without a jacket. Choose neutral colors and make sure that your clothing is wrinkle-free before heading to court.

Respect the Judge

Show your respect for the judge by standing every time he enters the room. Always address the judge as “Your Honor,” and never interrupt him while he is speaking. If you are speaking and the judge interrupts you, stop talking instead of talking over him.

Be Early

It’s unacceptable for a defendant to show up late to court, so plan on leaving early so you can ensure that you are on time. Remember that it will take extra time to park, go through security, and find the courtroom, so the earlier that you leave, the better. The judge will not care if you had car trouble or got stuck in bad traffic, so don’t try to use one of these excuses when you are running late.

Stay Quiet

You may have questions about something the prosecutor or judge said or feel the need to point something out to your attorney, but it’s in your best interest to stay quiet. Your attorney need to focus all of his attention on what’s going on in front of him, so you shouldn’t distract him by asking him a question. For example, if you ask him a question while a witness is on the stand testifying, it’s possible that your attorney will miss a valuable opportunity to object to a line of questioning. Instead of distracting your attorney, write all of your questions and comments down and discuss them with him after the hearing.

Have you been charged with a crime? If so, contact Reisch Law Firm today. Our criminal defense attorneys will ensure that you are thoroughly prepared for court so you can make a good impression on the judge. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.