With public transportation, you probably feel like you’re going to get where you’re going safely. That may be the case most of the time, but it’s still possible to get in accidents while on a bus or train.
In a 2009 research study, it was found that the bus occupant fatality rate was 45 deaths per 100,000 accidents. That’s significantly lower than the likelihood of death when in a passenger vehicle; in that case, the death rate is 251 deaths per 100,000 accidents. That doesn’t include information on what kind of accidents took place, but they could include incidents involving pedestrians.
When a pedestrian comes face-to-face with a bus or large passenger vehicle, it can be expected that some kind of injury, if not a fatality, will occur. When the collision takes place, the weight of the vehicle can be devastating; if caught under the vehicle, the person could be crushed; if thrown onto the windshield or hood, the person can be impacted across the body and suffer major injuries.
Whether a pedestrian is walking across the street, getting off a bus and crossing in front of it or riding a bike next to a mass-transit vehicle, it’s important that drivers are aware of ways to keep them safe. Drivers shouldn’t be speeding, should be focused on the road and need to be aware of potential hazards that could put others at risk. If you’ve been hurt in a pedestrian accident, it’s important to reach out. Our website has information that you can use to determine if you want to move forward with a case.