Commuters on public transit may take pride in getting to work in the way least likely to cause personal property damage or injuries. But accidents still happen with trains and buses, from single passengers slipping and falling to a vehicle overturning with dozens aboard. Some of these events can be prevented, especially if people know the proper safety codes for the vehicles they are aboard.
How do drivers keep passengers safe while getting on and off buses?
Drivers must keep buses at rest while passengers are in motion boarding or departing a bus. Passengers must have enough time to sit or brace themselves before the bus moves. Buses must also have a 2-inch-wide white line at the rear of the driver's seat to show where passengers cannot cross while the bus is moving.
Are dogs allowed on a bus?
Animals aboard buses should be limited to service animals such as guide dogs and signal dogs. Some small animals may be permitted on a bus if they are fully restrained in a cage or carrier.
How else are drivers required to ensure safety?
Drivers are required to caution riders to watch their step when leaving a bus. It is prohibited for drivers to require riders to get off in a location that seems unsafe. Operators are also cautioned to take care in intersections, where most bus accidents happen.
What should I do if I am hurt on a bus?
Victims of mass transit injuries may consider legal representation if they require financial damages to recover. An attorney can help advise people hurt in bus accidents on the requirements of a civil lawsuit for compensation.