Causes and effects of public transportation injuries
Especially in large metropolitan cities, many residents have found that owning a car is just not practical considering the high cost of parking and gasoline. Others who do own cars have also found the same to be true and try whenever possible to use public transportation as a means of convenience and cost savings. When commuters use public transportation, they do pay for this service however and in exchange for their payment they expect that the ride will be as promised and take them to their requested destination. Most of all, they expect that they will not be endangered or injured while riding. Although public transportation riders usually get what they pay for, sometimes they get more than they bargained for as well, in the form of injuries and sometimes even death.
Accidents may occur on any publicly or privately owned service that offers transportation to the general public. Just because buses and trains are large vehicles does not mean that riders are immune to injuries when riding. Every year, thousands of public transportation accidents occur with thousands of injuries happening as a result. Especially on large vehicles such as these, there are often many separate injuries that occur to riders from a single crash. This is partially due to the large number of riders crowded onto the vehicle as well as the typical lack of seat belts and other safety devices. Examples of such conveyances include:
- Public Transportation buses / CTA / RTA
- School buses
- Shuttle buses / Transport vans
- Commuter buses / Greyhound buses
- Privately run buses or shuttles for any event
- Taxis or cabs
- Pedestrians or bicyclists that are not even on a bus, but are struck by a bus, shuttle or taxi
Bus drivers and other drivers of pubic conveyances are vested with the responsibility of protecting the safety of large numbers of the public. Although most of these drivers take their jobs very seriously, accidents occur not only due to common mistakes, but are often also due to clear negligence or recklessness. Some common examples of the reasons why such crashes occur include:
- Failure to follow company safety regulations
- Excessive speed
- Driver inattention or distraction
- Driver intoxicated on alcohol or drugs
Because of the nature of these crashes, serious or fatal injuries often result such as traumatic brain injuries, fractured / broken bones or wrongful death.