Buses can be a potential danger on the road. Even though taking a transit bus is considered safer than driving a car, bus accidents nonetheless happen all the time.
Recently in New York, for example, a woman in her 30s was struck by a city bus in Midtown while she was trying to cross the street at Seventh Avenue and 59th Street, close to Central Park. According to police officers, a Staten Island-bound bus hit her. The victim was transported to Roosevelt Hospital and later died due to her injuries. The bus accident is still under investigation by the authorities.
Bus accidents, like other motor vehicle accidents, can occur under various conditions, such as when the bus collides with another vehicle, causes injuries to a commuter due to drop-off near a defective sidewalk or when slippery weather conditions contribute. Bus accidents can lead to injuries like broken bones, spinal cord injuries or brain injuries. The results may be even worse for pedestrians struck by a bus.
Just like any other motorist, bus drivers have the obligation to center their attention on the road. Doing this enables bus drivers to be aware of other vehicles and crossing pedestrians. More importantly, drivers should be careful whenever they are approaching crowded places like schools, hospitals and parks. If drivers fail to exercise reasonable care and cause an accident, they can be considered negligent. Negligence may make drivers accountable for the damages and injuries that result from the bus accident.
Individuals injured in a bus accident may have the right to be compensated for their hospital bills, lost wages and emotional distress. In case of fatality, the family who lost their loved one can sue under a wrongful death claim.
Source: NBC New York, "Woman Dies After Being Struck by MTA Bus Near Central Park: Police," Dec. 27, 2012