A woman waiting for the bus was killed in a recent Miami bus stop accident. The accident happened on 93rd Avenue and Bird Road. The woman, in her 60s, was waiting at the bus stop when the driver of a small-passenger car lost control and ran directly into the bus stop waiting area. The woman died instantly, according to 7News.
The driver of the motor vehicle stayed at the scene of the accident. Officers are trying to determine if the man was driving recklessly or if he was speeding at the time of that deadly accident. The investigation is ongoing.
Our Miami bus accident lawyers understand that many residents rely on buses to get around town. Riding the bus is a simple way to save some money, avoid waiting behind the wheel on congested roadways and help minimize traffic. But getting to and from the bus stops may be tough on our busy Miami roadways. We are here to offer bus riders a few simple safety tips to help avoid a potentially fatal bus accident. An accident can happen when approaching the bus stop, while waiting for the bus and even while riding the bus.
Safety Tips for Walking to the Bus Stop:
-Always use a sidewalk when one is available. If you have to walk along the road, do so far to the side and facing oncoming traffic.
-Keep an eye out for oncoming traffic.
-Stand away from the roadway.
-Don’t allow distractions, such as radios, phones, computers, etc., take your mind and your eyes off of the roadway.
-Look left, right and left again before crossing the street.
Waiting for the Bus:
-Don’t play around the street. Stay away from traffic.
-Stand in the covered stop area. When a bus pavilion is not available you should stand at least 10 feet away from the street.
-Keep your eyes and your mind on the road. Keep a look out for dangers, including vehicles, passing bicyclists and road debris.
Boarding a Bus:
-If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver before bending down to get it. If the bus driver doesn’t know your location, it’s a good possibility they will not see you and drive off, potentially hitting you.
-Look for passing motorists before boarding. Not all drivers are cautious near stopped buses.
-Board the bus, find a seat and be seated. It’s important not to distract the driver or to block their line of vision with the roadway.
-Stay out of the buses blind spots. Make sure you can always see the face of the bus driver while walking around or near the bus.
Riding a bus can be super convenient and cost and eco-friendly. Riders are asked to be cautious when taking advantage public transportation. Just because you’re driving doesn’t mean that you don’t need to keep an eye out for passing traffic.
If you or someone in your family has been involved in an accident at a bus stop in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach or the Port St. Lucie area, the South Florida personal injury lawyers at Freeman & Mallard are ready to fight for the compensation that you deserve. Call today to schedule a free and confidential review of your case, 1-800-529-2368.
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