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Cellino & Barnes Bus Accident Settlements

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Personal injury attorneys at Cellino & Barnes worked diligently to resolve the following bus accident cases.

Settlement Reached for Wrongful Death After Catastrophic Bus Crash
Our client, a truck driver, had pulled over to the side of the road to take his dog for a walk, while our client’s wife sat as a passenger in his truck.

As our client stood in front of his tractor-trailer, it was suddenly rear-ended by a charter bus carrying a girls travel hockey team.

Cellino & Barnes Bus Accident Attorney, Richard Barnes, made a Zone of Danger claim on behalf of our client’s wife and for the wrongful death of her husband.

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Wrongful Death – Confidential Settlement Reached in Charter Bus Accident
Our client was a passenger on a charter bus traveling across New York State. 
As a result of the bus driver’s negligence, the driver drove the bus into the bridge at a speed of 50-55 mph, crashing into the bridge and causing the bus to become lodged under bridge.  
Attorney Brett Manske worked diligently with the bus company to come to a resolution for our client’s family in this case. 

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Bus Accident Settlement Reached for Injured 6 Year Old Girl

Our client, a 6 year old girl, was in a serious accident involving a charter bus in New York. 

As a result of this charter bus accident, our client sustained serious injuries in the crash and was admitted into the pediatric ICU for various head, orthopedic, and internal injuries. 

Cellino & Barnes attorney Brett Manske led extensive negotiations.

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Pedestrian Safety Tips from Our New York Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Before and after school are peak hours for children to be walking on neighborhood streets and sidewalks. It is important to always remain watchful when driving.

Although children will most often cross streets at cross walks or near their bus stops, many children will simply run across the street in their excitement to get home.

If you are driving in a residential area, or during peak school drive time, we ask that you keep an eye out for children who may dart out to cross the street.

In addition, we recommend you follow these driving safety tips.

  • When making turns (right-hand turns especially) be sure to always check the crosswalk for people and children preparing to cross the street. During peak hours, try to avoid turning right at red traffic lights, especially in areas where children could be present. 
  • Don’t accelerate from a stop before looking both ways to make sure that there aren’t any children trying to make a last-minute dash across the street to catch up with their friends. Children don’t always make rational decisions, so you as the driver need to be prepared for anything. 
  • Keep your eyes on any children riding their bike to and from school. Many are distracted by the music playing on their IPod and may not pay attention to the vehicles around them.

 Have you been involved an accident? Learn more from our New York pedestrian accident lawyers.

Helping Children Avoid Bus Accidents – What to do to Stay Safe for Back-to-School – Part 2

Monday, September 13th, 2010

You may be running late for work and think to yourself that no one will notice if you speed up to pass the bus in front of you slowing down with its lights on, right? Our question to you is this: is taking the risk of injuring a child really worth it? We’ve all seen children unexpectedly dart across a street or pop out from behind a vehicle.

As drivers, we have a responsibility to obey the rules of the road. After all, how far does that extra twenty seconds really help you? Isn’t it ironic how the same people who cut corners like avoiding braking buses often end up being stopped at the same stoplights that the safer drivers do.

Learn more about Bus Accidents: What to do following an accident.

So, how can you and other drives help make the road a safer place for buses and children? Easy! Just follow this simple rule:

If a bus has its red lights or stop sign deployed, you must stop:

  • Even if the bus is on the opposite side of the road
  • In a parking lot
  • Anywhere within school grounds

A Quick Reminder: Hidden Dangers

With the school season just beginning, autumn will fast be at its heels, bringing with it a flurry of fallen, red and golden leaves.

Many of our local laws recommend simply gathering leaves and depositing them at the curb for pickup. This presents a hidden danger.

We know how children love to play in a freshly raked pile of leaves. If you are driving through a residential street and see a pile of leaves, please do not drive through them; if there happens to be a neighborhood child playing in that same pile of leaves, there is a strong possibility that you may not see them until it is too late. We ask that you err on the side of caution and stick to driving on the paved road.

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Helping Children Avoid Bus Accidents – What to do to Stay Safe for Back-to-School – Part 1

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

With Back-to-School season upon us once again, it’s time to remember how to keep our children safe during their daily commute to school.

As parents, our number one priority is ensuring the continual safety of our children. Although we wish we could guarantee their safety at times, we can’t always be right there with them; however we can arm them with the knowledge they need and guide them toward making smart decisions.

Learn more about Bus Accidents: What to do following an accident.

Here are a few things that you can remind your child to help keep them safe, this season:

  • If your child is running late for the morning bus, make sure they know to check that the bus driver is able to see them before they run after or in front of the bus
  • Remind children to stay at least 10 feet away from a bus and wait until the bus is at a complete stop. Then your children should board the bus one at a time
  • When getting off the bus, tell your child to get to the sidewalk and away from the bus and street before stopping to talk with friends
  • Remind your child to look both ways before crossing the street, even if they are at a crosswalk

Of course, bus safety doesn’t stop at the door. Many injuries can be sustained while on the bus, and it’s important to remind our children of a few important things that will help keep them safe on their way to school every day:

  • Remind your child to be aware of loose clothing, like scarves, sweatshirts, and backpack straps when getting on or off of a bus, as these items can become caught in the door
  • Make sure that your child listens to the bus driver and doesn’t engage in activities like throwing things or jumping up and down, as this can distract the driver’s attention from the road
  • Talk to your child about bullying; if your child is being bullied on the bus, make sure that they seek help from their bus driver, teacher, or principal. Bullies thrive on silence and, in addition to harming your child, bullying and horseplay on a moving bus can also lead to serious physical injury.

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