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No Guarantee of Safety on Public Transportation

In New York City, approximately 2.3 million people ride buses on any given work day. Opting to take public transportation should be a safe choice, but sometimes accidents and injuries occur on New York City buses.

As reported by the New York Daily News, a Brooklyn woman was hit and killed in January when a bus reportedly ran a stop sign. In the same month, CBS New York reported that 25 bus riders were injured after a Metropolitan Transit Authority bus driver allegedly passed out at the wheel. In March, the Daily News reported that a pregnant Seton Hall University lacrosse coach died when the bus she was on jumped over a guardrail and hit a tree.

The U.S. Department of Transportation regulates public bus safety, with rules and guidelines that specify everything from placement of certification to main aisle width, door access and passenger loads. Driver regulations include drug/alcohol testing and specifications regarding registration/insurance and driver qualifications. Unfortunately, though, sometimes transportation safety rules are not followed, which can lead to serious injuries or death.

The DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that approximately 63,000 bus accidents took place each year between 1999 and 2005, resulting in 325 deaths and injuries to 14,000 others.

The buses involved in these accidents break down as follows:

  • School buses: 38 percent
  • Transit buses: 33 percent
  • Intercity buses: 4 percent
  • Charter/Tour buses: 11 percent
  • Other (including private and governmental): 14 percent

The most common bus driver errors that occurred during this time period were, in order: failure to yield, inattentive driving, driving too fast, not in lane, and ran off road.

If you or a family member has been injured in an accident on a  New York City bus or other public transportation, the New York bus accident and injury attorneys at David Resnick and Associates, P.C., can help protect your right to receive compensation. Contact us today.

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