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    Safe or Unsafe?
    Bus passengers should take measures to protect themselves

Why Bus Accidents Happen

Buses and other forms of public transportation are common in major metropolitan areas like Dallas. While buses have been deemed one of the safest ways to get around, there have been a number of accidents in the past, and there are likely to be more in the future. Those who take the bus should understand some of the most common reasons for bus accidents and how they can be prevented.

  • Driver Distraction
    A common accident cause

    Much like anyone behind the wheel of any vehicle, bus drivers can become distracted by something on the road, their cell phones, somebody on the bus, or even become lost in their own thoughts. Any type of distraction can lead to an accident. Because buses are so large and cities like Dallas are so densely populated, bus accidents can occur if there isn't enough time or enough room for drivers to maneuver.

  • Pedestrians & Bicyclists
    Not paying attention can hurt

    Bus drivers are usually well trained in driving large buses in populated areas. They understand how to maneuver their vehicle around tight corners, around parked cars, and in heavy traffic. But in many cases, bus drivers just can't avoid a collision no matter what they do to prevent it. Pedestrians may not look before crossing the street or exiting their vehicles and bicyclists can veer out into traffic lanes inadvertently.

  • Other Causes
    Equipment, inspections, & maintenance

    While accidents caused by distraction or a lack of stopping space might not result in much harm to passengers, consider that most buses don't have seatbelts, which increases the chances of someone being injured. These accidents usually involve the help of a Dallas personal injury attorney to intervene. Other causes of accidents include poor road conditions, defects in bus equipment, and distracted pedestrians.

What Can Be Done?

Preventing bus accidents and the resulting injuries should include making sure passengers are sitting or holding on to safety bars while the bus is in motion. Bus drivers should also be well trained to drive in various conditions, and they should also refrain from driving while drowsy or inebriated. The buses themselves should be safety inspected often and regular maintenance and repairs performed on time.

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