Bus Safety Tips

Bus Accident Lawyer Gives Important Advice

Taking a bus makes your life much easier and cheaper. Why? To begin with, you do not need to spend a lot of money on gas and other car related expenses. It is also environmentally friendly. The less people drive their own cars, the less vehicles on the road and the less amount of harmful gas emissions. Also, while riding a bus, you have the opportunity to take a short nap, read, or play games on your phone, instead of having to pay attention to the road.

But unfortunately, riding a bus also entails different kinds of dangers such as robberies and bus accidents.

In order to make sure you are safe riding the bus to and from work every day, a Wilshire Law Firm bus accident lawyer has made a list of bus safety tips for you. Follow them and enjoy your ride.

At the bus stop

  • If you need to cross the street to get to the bus stop, use only specially designated crosswalks and sidewalks. You should never walk in a traffic lane even if the bus is almost leaving and you need to hurry to catch it. It is better to wait for the next bus than to be hit by a passing truck.
  • You should never run after the bus when it has already pulled away from the bus stop.
  • While waiting for your bus, always stay at designated stops or shelters on the sidewalk. You should always be about 2-3 feet from the curb.
  • Do not hurry to get into the bus. Wait until the bus has come to a complete stop and only then approach it.

Boarding

  • Use the front door to enter the bus.
  • Do not push others or rush into the bus to get a seat. Let the other passengers exit before boarding. Also, wait for the person before you to move down the aisle before entering.
  • If you travel with children, keep them close to you and board together. If the kids are small, it is better to carry them inside the bus or hold their hand to help.
  • Use special handrails in order to avoid slipping and falling.
  • If you need to cross the street, never do it in front of the bus. Go behind it and carefully look both ways.

On board

  • Please, give up your seat to the disabled or elderly, pregnant women and passengers with children. Also, give them the priority seating near the front of the bus.
  • If you have to ride standing, always make sure you stand behind the yellow line. You should never stand in the stairwell while the bus is moving because it distracts the driver and may cause an accident.
  • Do not talk to the driver while the bus is in motion or talk on your phone near him.
  • Do not press or lean on the doors of the bus when riding. They may suddenly open and cause you to fall out.
  • It is better to stay seated if you can. If you have to stand, always hold onto the handrail.
  • Watch your hands, feet, clothes and other items when the doors are closing.
  • Do not stick your head or arm outside the bus window.
  • Keep your both feet on the floor and please do not extend your arms as well as legs and any personal items into the aisle.

Getting off the bus

  • Before you leave your seat and start exiting the bus, wait for the bus to stop completely.
  • Use the closest door to you to exit the bus.
  • When you step out of the bus, step onto the sidewalk. It is dangerous to walk between the curb and the side of the bus.
  • Always wait until the bus has pulled off before you cross the street.

Get Legal Help

Unfortunately, even if you follow all the rules and safety tips, accidents happen. If you are a victim of a bus crash, call the Wilshire Law Firm to get services from the best bus accident lawyer in California.

Last Updated: 03-24-2017