Big Buses Cause Severe Injuries for Philadelphia Riders
In Pennsylvania, people have to get a special license to drive a SEPTA bus or other bus-like vehicle. These drivers are specially trained because operating a large vehicle like a bus is a difficult job, especially in Philadelphia where streets are tight and there is traffic congestion day and night.
That being said, public transportation accidents do happen. In fact U.S. transportation statistics reveals close to 11,000 bus accidents were reported in the Keystone State in 2008. That year alone, around 24,000 individuals were injured in bus accidents. (This information was calculated based on the most recent data available.)
While all accidents can cause severe injuries including head, neck and back injuries, broken bones and internal bleeding, bus accidents are particularly dangerous due to the size of the vehicle involved. Further, fatalities are commonplace when buses are involved in city accidents.
Bus drivers must be vigilant at all times while transporting passengers in Pennsylvania.
- They must keep their eyes on the road; no distracted driving such as talking on the phone or texting allowed. Even looking at a GPS screen can be enough time to cause an accident.
- Infrastructure in Philly poses another danger, similar to most big cities. Potholes, one way streets, low bridges, etc., are accidents waiting to happen for buses.
- Finally, and this applies to every driver know matter what the vehicle, failure to obey the rules of the road – including speeding, failure to stop at lights or stop signs and reckless driving – are the cause of many of the bus accidents that injure thousands of people. Bus drivers are at a particular disadvantage when it comes to this point because they are on a schedule and always trying to be on time. That kind of pressure can cause a driver to take some safety shortcuts.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident involving a bus or any other public or private transportation, talk to the experienced personal injury lawyers at the Craig Altman Law Firm. We will fight for maximum compensation for your injuries and protect your rights every step of the way. Call today for a free consultation about your accident.