As some of the largest vehicles on the road, buses are usually hard to miss. However, due to the high number of fatalities and injuries involving buses, Transport for NSW decided to launch the very first Bus Safety Week.
According to the authority, 58 people were killed in accidents with buses, either as a driver of another vehicle or a pedestrian, between 2005 and 2014. In fact, there were close to 4,000 recorded crashes, resulting in 2,600 people injured over this same time period.
Becoming “Bus Aware”
To highlight this risk, Bus Safety Week is being held until Sunday (November 8). It aims to educate pedestrians, drivers and bus passengers through two animated videos highlighting best practice behaviour.
NSW Centre for Road Safety Acting Executive Director Bernard Carlon explained why being “bus aware” is so important.
“The simple truth is that crashes involving buses often result in more severe outcomes to other road users due to their size and mass,” he said.
“Buses are heavy vehicles and take longer to slow down than smaller vehicles on the road.”
Transport for NSW reveals the state has more 4,800 buses in operation across the region – making it the largest metropolitan fleet in the country. As such, pedestrians and drivers need to be careful when out on the road.
Mr Carlon had a message for pedestrians when they are interacting with buses on the streets.
“To pedestrians, we are urging them to always cross with care, avoid stepping out in front of and around buses, and pay attention when walking to or from the bus,” he added.
Bus accident hospitalises elderly woman
The importance of Bus Safety Week was highlighted in a recent example in North Bondi. According to the AAP, a women in her 70s was hit with debris after a bus smashed into the bus shelter where she was waiting.
The victim received minor injuries, but was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital after being treated by paramedics.
NSW car accident compensation
If you are involved in an accident with a bus and suffer any form of injury, you could be eligible for compensation. The motor accident compensation scheme extends to most motorists including drivers and pedestrians.
It is important to contact an accident compensation lawyer as soon as you are well enough. They can offer advice about your possible claim and discuss the circumstances around the accident.
These lawyers operate on a no win no fee basis so they can advise you on your chances for success free of charge – if they think you have a case, it’s completely up to you whether you engage their services.