For many people, traveling by bus is the only way they can reach their destination in a timely manner. For others, it’s not a necessity but is the preferred method of transportation to get from one place to another. No matter the reason, millions of adults and children ride buses throughout the U.S. every week. While the bus system is certainly efficient and convenient for most Americans, many ignore the fact that bus rides can also be incredibly dangerous.
Recent data from the U.S. Department of Transportation revealed that bus accidents cause up to 15,000 injuries per year. While these injuries range in level of severity, they are all traumatizing, with approximately 300 people killed by bus accidents each year. Additionally, in 2016, roughly 4,440 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes on U.S. roads. This was a two percent increase from the year before.
Dangers of Bus Accidents
Unfortunately, despite these tragic statistics, buses are not always required to make changes or update their safety equipment in order to create a safer environment for riders. In many cases, bus passengers riding buses manufactured before November of 2016 are still riding without a seatbelt or means to secure their position while on the bus. Several buses lack proper protection on their windows and roofs in case of an accident of rollover. On top of all this, safety tends to completely go out the window when buses are used for parties, weddings, or large groups of travelers.
Safety Tips for Bus Passengers
Though some of these dangers cannot be prevented if an accident occurs, there are a few things you can do as a bus passenger to help ensure your own safety before, during, and after bus rides. Follow our tips to increase safety measures as a bus passenger:
- Always walk at least 10 feet in front of the bus when crossing to board, never walk behind the bus.
- Stand at least 10 feet away from the curb when waiting at a bus stop.
- Secure your seatbelt if one is provided or be sure to have a hand on a stable object when the bus is moving.
- Don’t distract the bus driver.
- Stay seated until the bus comes to a complete stop.
- Call 911 if the bus driver seems fatigued, intoxicated, or incapacitated.
- Use handrails when getting on or off the bus.
- When exiting the bus, double check for cars passing.
Bus Accident Help
Because of the size and severity of bus accidents, dealing with them can be extremely difficult. If you or a loved one has been involved in a bus accident, we can help. Contact the accident attorneys at Dax F. Garza P.C. for a free consultation today.