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How to Drive Safely Near Buses

by Staff Blogger | July 6th, 2020

Thousands of people rely on Nashville’s buses everyday to get to and from school, work, and around the city. Buses reduce traffic volumes and pollution while also decreasing the risk of auto accidents. But it’s up to other drivers to maximize their safety by following a few safe driving principles when near them:

  • Don’t pass buses with extended stop signs—School buses in particular utilize extended stop signs when picking up or dropping off children. When you see an extended stop sign, you’re not allowed to pass the bus by Tennessee law.
  • Don’t cut off buses or suddenly slow down in front of them—Buses may not weigh as much as fully-loaded tractor-trailers, but they’re still much heavier than ordinary passenger vehicles. That makes them difficult to slow down or stop, and makes it dangerous to suddenly cut in front of one.
  • Don’t drive in bus drivers’ blind spots—Buses are very long, especially double-cabin buses. Just like commercial trucks, they may have large blind spots. If you can’t see the bus driver in their mirror, there’s a good chance they can’t see you, either.
  • Don’t forget that buses stop at railroad crossings—While most of us cruise right over railroad tracks, bus drivers are required to stop. That means when you’re behind a bus and know there’s a crossing up ahead, either change lanes or be prepared to stop yourself.

These are just a few tips you can follow to reduce your risks and the risks that bus passengers face. And if you or someone you love are hurt in a bus-related accident, don’t hesitate to contact our Nashville bus accident lawyers for a free consultation.

Tips for Staying Safe on Nashville’s Buses

by Staff Blogger | June 8th, 2020

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.

Nashville Bus Accident Injures Teenage Pedestrian

by Staff Blogger | August 27th, 2014

A lack of crosswalks and signage may be causing confusion about how the rules of the road apply to Nashville’s Metro Transit Authority (MTA) buses, and that confusion may be endangering pedestrians and bus riders.

Take the case of a Nashville bus accident that left a Maplewood High School student seriously injured earlier this week. Reports indicate the crash happened on the afternoon of Tuesday, Aug. 26, on Dickerson Pike.

An article from FOX 17 News states the 16-year-old victim had just gotten off of an MTA bus and was attempting to cross the street in front of the vehicle, when another bus in the left lane of traffic attempted to pass the stopped bus. The driver of the second bus did not see the teenager and struck her as he crossed the street.

The victim is expected to recover, but witnesses who live and work in the area say they have seen an accident like this coming for years. They feel a crosswalk at the intersection may have prevented the accident.

The Nashville personal injury attorneys at Ponce Law know how difficult it can be to overcome injuries from a motor vehicle collision and wish the young girl a full and speedy recovery.

New Law Requires Buses to Be Equipped With Seat Belts

by Staff Blogger | January 13th, 2014

January 13, 2014

Data shows that each year, an average of 21 people are killed and 7,934 people are seriously injured as a result of crashes involving commercial passenger motor coaches and buses. The Nashville Bus Accident Lawyers with Ponce Law explain that in order to address the issue, several changes are being planned regarding standard safety equipment on these vehicles in the future.

A press release from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stated the agency has issued a ruling that new vehicles used for commercial passenger transportation must be equipped with lap and shoulder belts for each occupant, including the driver. Experts say the new rule will improve the industry’s safety be reducing the number of injuries and deaths that occur each year.

The new law, an amendment to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Standard 208, will go into effect in November 2016 and will only require that vehicles manufactured from that time forward be equipped with seat belts. Transit buses and school buses will also be exempted from the law.

In the wake of the decision, several transportation companies have already begun purchasing new vehicles equipped with safety belts.

Michael D. Ponce & Associates’ team of Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers applauds the new law and is hopeful its requirements will be effective in better protecting those who choose to travel by bus.

Preliminary Reports Say Blown Out Tire Caused Fatal Tennessee Bus Accident

by Staff Blogger | October 4th, 2013

October 4, 2013

The Nashville Bus Accident Lawyers explain that when a collision occurs involving a large commercial passenger vehicle, faulty equipment is sometimes to blame. This seems to have been the case with a crash that occurred earlier this week in east Tennessee.

According to an article published by The Tennessean, the incident occurred at approximately 2 p.m. along Interstate 40, near mile marker 423. Reports indicate the bus was heading east along the highway when a front tire blew out. This caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle and swerve across the median, into the path of a westbound tractor-trailer and SUV. All three vehicles collided, resulting in eight people being killed and another 14 being seriously injured.

In the wake of the accident, the Red Cross has announced a hotline for assistance to immediate family members of those who were injured or killed in the crash. Also, the North Carolina Highway Patrol has launched an investigation into the incident to determine the exact cause of the accident.

Michael D. Ponce & Associates’ team of Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of how difficult motor vehicle accidents can be for those involved and their families. That is why the firm would like to send their deepest sympathies to those who knew the victims who were killed. They would also like to wish those who were injured a full recovery.

Nashville Receives $10 Million Grant to Improve Bus Service and Safety

by Staff Blogger | September 20th, 2013

September 20, 2013

Each year, thousands of people are injured or killed as the result of accidents while using public transportation. The Nashville Bus Accident Lawyers with Ponce Law explain that passenger buses often crash due to driver errors or faulty equipment.

Efforts are being made in Nashville to prevent such collisions after the Department of Transportation recently issued the city a $10 million grant to improve bus safety. According to a story released by News Channel 5, Mayor Karl Dean and the Metro Transit Authority’s Chief Executive Officer, Paul Ballard, made the announcement of the project on Sept. 6.

Reports indicate that the funds provided by the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant will be used to install new traffic signals along Murfreesboro Road so that they turn green when buses are approaching.

Buses will also be outfitted with technology that allows passengers to see an estimated time of arrival at the next stop. New bus shelters and other safety improvements are also slated fro completion utilizing the funds.

Lawmakers are also considering funding for a project that would create a lane of travel along roads strictly dedicated to the bus system.

The Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers with Michael D. Ponce & Associates are hopeful these projects will help to prevent accidents involving buses in the area.