While most transportation systems across the United States have become a reliable means of travel, the number of mass transit accidents in America show that the transportation system is still heavily flawed, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. There are several rudimentary safety measures, highlighted by our bus accident lawyers below, that, if applied to the current transportation system in the U.S, could drastically reduce the number of injuries stemmed from a serious transit accident.
Whether mass transit accidents in America are directly caused by a driver’s negligence, a mechanical error or the lack of basic safety features, the NTSB believes that Amtrak, Greyhound and other well-known carriers have not adopted the latest reforms provided by the safety board. In fact, the NTSB recently stated that the following three potentially lifesaving measures need to be applied to bus and train systems across the country, and here’s why:
1. Update Window Safety
Have you ever been on a bus ride and thought, what would be my escape route if we got into a serious accident? Naturally, people are under the impression that windows are the safest and quickest method to escape danger during a bus or train accident. Unfortunately, though, windows can sometimes present many problems in the midst of an accident, particularly when proper safety measures have not been taken to ensure that you can use a window to escape.
Trains and buses practically have polar opposite issues with window safety yet both present a very serious and dangerous problem for passengers. For example, if riders are in a bus accident and the windows are not up-to-date in serving as emergency exits, the riders are ultimately trapped inside the vehicle. On the other hand, if riders are on an Amtrak or similar type of train, the large windows are actually designed to automatically pop out on impact, making it a huge risk for passengers to be ejected from the train.
2. Install More Seatbelts & Reinforce Their Use
If a bus driver or train conductor came over the intercom and gave you directions to wear a seatbelt, you’d be confused, right? On the contrary, when a pilot gives you instructions to fasten your seatbelts before takeoff, everyone immediately puts on their seatbelts. For the past few years, more and more buses have been mandated to install seatbelts for passengers, yet injuries continue to persist because passengers are not obligated to wear them, i.e. buses don’t have flight attendants reinforcing the use of seatbelts.
Having seatbelts on public transit is apparently so taboo still that California is currently the only state with a law that requires bus passengers to wear seatbelts. Meanwhile, those in the railroad industry, all across the United States, have had even less interest in mandating a seatbelt requirement, and would much rather focus on the cushioning of train seats and tables to minimize bodily harm upon impact instead.
3. Provide Better Storage Options
Nowadays, subways, buses and commuter trains often use witty slogans plastered inside transit vehicles, reminding passengers to save seats for other riders instead of their own luggage. In fact, a popular slogan seen throughout a number of light rail cars in Seattle, Washington says, “Bags don’t have butts. Put your bags away and save the seats for people who do,” but what this slogan does is it asks the passenger to stow their luggage overhead or hold it in their lap.
Unfortunately, unsecured bags that are stowed overhead present a bigger safety risk than we often realize. In the case of an emergency, a sudden stop or rollover crash, heavy luggage stored next to you or even overhead, where it technically should be, presents the risk of you or other riders getting seriously injured by the bag. There’s essentially nothing stopping the luggage from moving around the cabin, but with better storage options, such as bags being strapped in overhead, the threat of being hit in the head with someone else’s suitcase drastically decreases.
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There may be many factors that contribute to a serious bus or train accident, including operator negligence, maintenance failure and the lack of basic safety regulations. Determining which of these factors, if not more than one, caused the accident may become a complicated process without the help of an experienced bus accident lawyer.
The personal injury lawyers at The Advocates represent clients who have been injured in a bus, train or other public transit accident. You will be working with the best bus accident attorney in the entire state of Utah. Call one of our bus accident lawyers today at 801-326-0809 or speak to a live attorney right here on our homepage. You deserve an Advocate!