Buses take children to school, carry passengers around town, and even transport people from one part of the country to another. While buses are actually one of the safest forms of travel statistically speaking, they can put passengers in danger when drivers aren’t cautious and well-versed in defensive driving.
In addition, passengers themselves should do everything in their power to protect themselves when they ride buses. That includes taking the following steps:
- Be careful when entering and exiting buses—Many bus-related injuries occur when passengers board and disembark from buses. At bus stops, passengers should wait for buses to arrive with plenty of space between themselves and the road. When boarding, they should wait for all passengers to exit and use the handrail. When exiting, they should also use the handrail and never cross the street unless at a crosswalk.
- Keep aisles clear—Bus-related injuries can happen when people trip and fall due to crowded walkways. Keep aisles clear. That means placing bags in your lap or under your seat to reduce the risk of trips and falls.
- Wear a seat belt if one is available—Many school and public buses aren’t equipped with school buses, but private and touring buses often are. If seat belts are available in the bus, always wear one. It can save your life in a crash.
If you or someone you love is hurt in a bus accident caused by someone’s negligence, whether it’s the bus driver, another motorist, or even a fellow passenger, we want to help. Contact the Nashville bus accident lawyers at Ponce Law today for a free consultation.