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Bus Safety

Steven Schwartzapfel -Founding Partner Feb 10, 2016

For more than 35 years, Steven Schwartzapfel, the founding member of Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C., has been one of New York’s most prominent personal injury attorneys. Steve represents clients in all types of personal injury cases. His experience, skill, and dedication have enabled Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. to recover hundreds of millions of dollars for their clients.

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
    rear door.
  • If you are a wheelchair user, please allow the bus operator to secure
    your chair.
  • 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 1-877-737-4806 or fill out our online contact form.


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