Many people rely on the bus to get around. This mode of traveling is cheap, practical and it saves on gas. However, just like any other type of transportation, traveling by bus has its risks. If you're a passenger on the bus and it's involved in an accident, you are likely to get hurt.
Can you imagine being on a bus as it skids and flips out of control? No matter how tightly you hold on, you'll get tossed around like a rag doll. By the time it's over, your body will have thumped every inch of the bus. A bus not only poses a danger for passengers, it puts nearby cars and pedestrians at risk for being hurt. Personal injury lawyers handle cases every day that involve buses losing control and skidding into cars and pedestrians.
If you are a passenger on a bus, you're unfortunately at the mercy of the driver's competence. His ability to drive a bus can depend on things such as whether he's sober, rested or paying attention. There are several videos posted on the Internet where people have been caught texting and reading while they were driving buses. In addition, road conditions and the actions of other drivers can factor in on whether or not the bus has an accident.
If you are a pedestrian or the driver of a car, there are some things you can do to minimize your risk of being in a bus accident.
- Don't drive tired. Studies have revealed that driving while tired can be just as dangerous as driving while you're under the influence of alcohol. When you get the proper amount of sleep, you are more alert and have better reaction times.
- Don't drive distracted. Put the cell phone away, leave the radio alone and butter your bagel before you leave. In other words, don't do anything that will require you to take your eyes off the road or your hands off the steering wheel.
- Don't drive while intoxicated. Drugs and alcohol can impair your judgment and make you more prone to a bus collision. If you take prescription meds that alter your ability to make sound decisions, you are better off hitching a ride on the bus.
- Check your mirrors and use signals. When you drive, don't stare straight ahead. Check your mirrors regularly and keep tabs on whats going on around your vehicle. Also, use turn signals anytime you change lanes or make a turn.
- Exhibit some self control. If you see a bus driving fast, let it pass you. Driving is not a competition, so don't try to show off.
- Pay attention. More pedestrians are being injured by vehicles because, instead of paying attention, they're busy playing on their mobile devices.
- Look before you cross. Always stop and look both ways to make sure there are no buses coming before you dart across the street.
- Don't stand in the road. If you're waiting on the bus, stand away from the street. If you stand in the road or too close to the curb, the driver may not see you.
Whether you're a passenger, driver or pedestrian, a bus accident can devastate your life. If you or your loved one is injured in a bus accident, contact a personal injury attorney to help.