How to Be Safe While Riding Public Transportationentry-title

Millions of people ride public transportation every day, and it’s the number one source of transportation for many people in cities and large towns. Here are some general safety tips to know the next time you’re a public transportation passenger.


If You’re Riding on a Bus:

Be mindful when you’re waiting at a bus stop: Don’t wait for your bus stop late at night, especially if you know you’ll be waiting for a while. Try to wait at bus stops with a lot of people that are also waiting.

Ensure school bus safety for your child: Since many school buses don’t have seatbelts, let your child know what they should or shouldn’t do every morning, so they can stay safe. Tell your child to stay seated at all times, keep all their belongings close to them or on them, and make sure they practice good pedestrian behavior when getting on and off the bus.

Look for emergency exits: Every public transportation vehicle has a specified emergency exit door or window; acknowledge if you are sitting near one of these exits and accept your responsibility.


If You’re Riding on a Train:

Be aware of your surroundings: Busy trains, especially during peak rush hour times, can be packed with people. Keep your belongings close to you and be cognizant of any suspicious behavior close to you.

Get off at the next stop: If you feel that someone is following you or harassing you, don’t hesitate to get off the next train stop. Don’t feel that you’re stuck until your scheduled exit; get out of a situation that makes you feel uncomfortable and makes you fear for your safety.

If you have been injured by another person while riding public transportation, you should seek compensation for your injuries. Contact the lawyers at our Bay Area injury law firm to get the settlement you deserve.

How to Spot Signs of Child Abuse at Schoolentry-title

Our education system in America has come a long way with child abuse in the classroom. You’ve probably heard stories from elderly people sharing their times in school with the paddle and teachers having ruthless disciplinary rules and rants. Times have definitely changed, and laws have been enacted to disallow this blatant abuse from schoolteacher to student. However, child abuse is still an issue between teacher and child, but it occurs in much more subtle ways.

Which Children Are Being Targeted?

According to the U.S Government Accountability Office, over the last 25 years, there have been hundreds of accusations of school teachers and faculty using unnecessary restraint and seclusion in abusive ways towards children. This abuse in schools has been happening disproportionately to students with physical or mental disabilities. Untrained staff and faculty members are usually at the brunt of these allegations; without any special needs training, teachers and staff at schools either unknowingly or knowingly mistreat children with disabilities who have fallen behind in school and have been socially secluded. Younger children, like in the kindergarten through second grade age group, are also susceptible to child abuse, simply because they are more vulnerable.

What Are the Hidden Signs?

As a parent, look for signs that your child’s teacher has an unhealthy or odd relationship with you. Try to know as much background information about your child’s teacher as you can if you suspect abuse, because schools will not always know any history of abuse or might not inform you of it any past records. Other signs of abuse can be pretty obvious: physical signs are the most apparent, such as bruises, scratches or any visible injuries. If your child has lost passion in things they used to love about school, they don’t want to see their friends, or if they generally refuse to go to school with no clear reason, you should question if something is happening at school.

If your child has been injured at school and is suffering abuse from a teacher or school staff member, your family deserves justice. The attorneys at our Northern California law firm can help your family receive compensation and hold certain people accountable.

How to Share the Road with Cyclistsentry-title

If you commute to work daily, then you’ve probably had to drive behind a bicyclist or motorcyclist a few times. Sharing the road with a cyclist can be frustrating and scary, especially if you don’t know which road rules apply for them. It can be scary for cyclists too, and when they are unsure of their road rights, confusion can occur, and possibly accidents. In order to avoid any cyclist accidents caused by a driver or cyclist, here are some tips on how to properly share the road.

What Should Drivers Know?

 There’s a few things that drivers should keep in mind while they’re sharing the road with cyclists. First, it’s important to realize that bicycles weigh nothing compared to a car, SUV, or truck, so be aware of how much more vulnerable a bicyclist is when it comes to his or her safety. Also, be conscious of the benefits of bicycling for drivers. They take up much less room in a driving lane, so they technically create less traffic. They also don’t wear out the road, so they cause fewer road issues like potholes, and they’re also environmentally friendly, so they cause less pollution. Lastly, be cautious when exiting your car and opening your door, yield at left and right turns, and generally be equally respectful to cyclists as you are to other drivers.

What Should Bicyclists Know?

Bicycles in the road are considered vehicles, so bicyclists should have the same confidence and comfort on the road as their fellow drivers. On public roads, bicyclists share the same rules, regulations and general traffic laws. One of the biggest differences is the act of signaling while switching lanes; bicyclists should always use the appropriate hand signals to indicate left and right turns. Be aware that in an accident, a bicyclist will almost always have the more severe injuries, so it’s always important to wear a helmet and any other protective gear.

If you or someone you know has been hurt in a motorcyclist or bicyclist accident, call the lawyers at Wells, Call, Clark, Bennett & Clawson to be fully compensated for your injuries.

What Are Common Ways an Insurance Company Can Exploit You?entry-title

Having insurance in our day and age is very necessary, especially for families that have multiple cars, medical payments, and properties. There are multiple types of insurance you can get, and deciding which insurance companies to work with can be a hassle. Once you’re with one, as a customer, you want to be able to rely on your insurance company. However, insurance bad faith claims are pretty common, and it’s critical to realize when your insurance company is trying to abuse your rights.

What Are an Insurance Company’s Duties?

First, it’s important to know what duties an insurance company must fulfill to their policyholder. Their duties are to investigate, to reimburse, to defend against a claim, and to settle reasonably. If your insurance company refuses to do any of these duties, they can be accused of bad faith. Failing to investigate means that the company failed to conduct a proper and thorough investigation of a claim and provide data and assistance. If your insurance doesn’t reimburse you for a settlement agreement or judgment, then they could be failing to fulfill their duty of indemnification. Their duty to defend would mean they should defend you against a claim. In most situations, your insurer should cover any defense costs, regardless of their insurance coverage limits. Lastly, your insurance company cannot refuse to settle a lawsuit if they think something would reduce their liability during a trial. If a settlement is going to be advantageous to you, the insured, your insurance should recognize that.

What’s My Call to Action?

If you know that your insurer has acted in bad faith, and has purposefully tried to exploit you, they can definitely be sued. There are two kinds of bad faith claims against your insurer: a breach of contract or tort. You can claim a breach of contract if you can prove that your insurer broke its agreement of insurance coverage and defense. In certain situations, you can claim that your insurer’s bad faith was a kind of tort, which is when one party causes harm to the other party through their actions.

The lawyers at Wells, Call, Clark, Bennett and Clawson can help you file a claim against insurance bad faith and exploitation. Contact our Northern California law firm for more information on how you can get the settlement you deserve.

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