According to Utah Public Radio (UPR), a 37-year-old woman was killed by a school bus on Thursday morning around 7:00 a.m. The accident occurred southwest of Salt Lake City, in Kearns. According to police, the woman was trying to cross the street when she was hit by the bus. The woman was later identified as Becky Bell, a woman who lived nearby. The two children passengers were not harmed, one of whom is in a wheelchair. Officials posit that Bell might have been trying to catch a UTA bus nearby. As Fox 13 reports, the cause of the accident is still under investigation.
We express our sincere condolences to the family and everyone involved. Some of our staff here at The Advocates knew Becky personally. Becky leaves behind her husband and three daughters. A Gofundme was created to help the surviving family.
When such a tragedy occurs, it is natural to wonder how such an accident could have been prevented. The tips we share in this article are not meant to apply to this specific case, rather they are intended as general recommendations meant to help improve the safety of pedestrians. Pedestrian accidents can be some of the most worrisome of the accidents our firm handles simply because a pedestrian doesn’t have the same protections as someone in a car. A person being struck by the full weight and force of a moving vehicle can cause terrible damage. To prevent such accidents, both pedestrians and drivers need to do their part.
- Drive when you are alert. For many, this may seem like a given. But, there might have been a few times when you have gotten behind the wheel and maybe felt a little tired or not able to perform at your best. Operating a moving vehicle that can travel at fast speeds needs to be done by someone who is alert and ready. All too often, we help with cases where the driver maybe shouldn’t have been driving.
- Never use your phone while you’re driving. Utah’s laws have become more restrictive in recent years in this respect. But, the best preventative measure is citizens who are committed to the idea of not using your phone while driving. Law enforcement officials cannot police everyone at every moment of the day; rather, it requires something from all of us.
- Don’t Speed, especially on roads where you might encounter pedestrians. Driving at excessive speeds on roads that can see pedestrians is a recipe for disaster. Certain roads can make it difficult to see who is on the sidewalks and about to cross the street because of the way vehicles are parked along the side of the road. When you drive at the speed limit, it can give you the time needed to stop.
- Obey traffic laws. This suggestion will include things like signaling when you are changing lanes, not running red lights, etc.
- Cross at a crosswalk. Crosswalks are created to help drivers know where pedestrians will be crossing the street. It is a designated area for this very purpose. This suggestion can be especially important at night when it can make pedestrians more difficult to see for drivers.
- When crossing the street, be aware of your surroundings. Look both ways and watch for drivers who may not have seen you.
- Use the sidewalks. If you have to walk somewhere, be sure to utilize the areas that are provided for pedestrians. By following this suggestion, this can help both drivers and pedestrians not have to worry about one another.
Again, our thoughts and prayers are with the Bell family. If anyone is interested in donating, you can find the website here.