Bus Stop Safety Tips
Earlier this year, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported that sadly, three people had to be taken to the hospital with serious injuries after a car accident happened at a bus stop. The weekday accident reportedly occurred after a two-vehicle collision sent a car into the Fort Lauderdale bus stop. The force of the impact between a minivan and a BMW apparently flung the BMW into the bus stop and into two people who were sitting on the bus stop bench. Both the two women on the bus bench and one of the people in one of the vehicles were subsequently taken to Broward Health Medical Center for treatment.
Safety Tips For Walking to the Bus Stop
Whether it is a city-run public bus or a school bus, there are certain steps we can undertake to help ensure the safety of ourselves and our loved ones while walking to and from the bus stop. Of note, it has been determined that some methods of public transportation can actually be safer than driving in a vehicle. However, the first step is making sure that you make it to the bus stop in the first place. While walking, keep the following safety tips in mind:
- Ensuring you leave with enough time to not be in a rush
- Walking on sidewalks and using crosswalks whenever available
- Walking close to any small children who are accompanying you
- Looking both ways before entering the street to retrieve any items you happen to drop there while walking
Other Things to Watch Out For While Waiting at the Bus Stop
While you may have minimal control over any vehicle that happens to leave the road and head toward a bus stop you’re waiting at, paying attention to your surroundings can help you manage to escape if you find yourself facing this unfortunate scenario. In addition, there are other dangers that you should keep an eye out for in addition to motorists. These include:
- Suspicious people who are behaving oddly
- Random people who offer to give you a ride
- Unusual packages left at the stop, such as packages with wires or leaking fluid
- Unfamiliar and aggressive wild or domestic animals
If you witness activity that appears to be criminal in nature or could pose harm to you or someone else, you should distance yourself from the scene and alert authorities. And if you find yourself injured because of someone else’s negligence, you should reach out for legal help.
Have You or a Loved One Been Injured While Waiting at the Bus Stop?
If you are involved in a bus stop accident that leaves you injured, it is important to know your rights. At a time when it feels like your world has changed in an instant, it is important to seek medical help immediately and then consider reaching out for legal assistance. As the Tampa personal injury attorneys of The Pendas Law Firm, we are available to help regardless of whether you or someone you know has been injured as the result of a truck, bus or some other kind of vehicle accident. As the West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys at The Pendas Law Firm, we have helped many people who have been injured because of someone else’s negligence and we are here to help you successfully pursue your claim. Contact us for help today.
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