Being involved in a bus accident can be serious, oftentimes leading to injuries to – or even the death of – passengers and/or pedestrians. To stay safe while riding on public transportation buses, follow these simple tips, as provided by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority:
- Don’t run for the bus — that’s when most accidents happen. Slips,
trips, and falls are the most common causes of injuries.
- Avoid standing in the stairwell (rear door step) or leaning against the
- If you are a wheelchair user, please allow the bus operator to secure
- When traveling with an infant and a baby stroller, the stroller should
be folded before entering the bus and should remain folded for the duration
of the trip.
- While you are riding, keep your head and arms inside bus windows.
- When you are ready to get off, signal the bus operator two blocks before
your stop so that he or she has sufficient time to stop smoothly. We also
advise holding the railing when you exit the bus, especially in winter, as bus
steps and sidewalks become slippery from snow.
- As you leave the bus, watch for potholes. This is particularly
important, as we often see people seriously injured as a result of a bus
operator who has not pulled completely into a bus stop and leaves the
passenger to step off the bus into a pothole. Also, avoid crossing in front
of the bus after you get off.
Injured in a Bus Accident? Contact Schwartzapfel® Lawyers P.C.
While buses and other forms of public transportation offer a great deal of convenience for many New Yorkers, they can be the cause of injuries, as well. If you or a loved one has been hurt while riding on – or walking around – a bus, contact the attorneys at Schwartzapfel® Lawyers P.C. today for legal counsel and representation. To get started, call us at 1-516-342-2200 or fill out our online contact form.