Staying Safe on City Buses

Taking the local buses to work, school, or to run errands can be an economically sound and environmentally green way to get from place to place. However, even though city bus travel is historically one of the safest ways to get around town, being a bus passenger comes with its own set of risks. Here are some tips for staying safe as you travel using public transit buses in your local area.

Be aware of an exit strategy

When boarding the bus, keep an eye out for emergency exits. They may not be necessary often, but in the event of a bus accident, you will want to have an exit plan mapped out. Remember, if your bus is involved in an accident, don’t push or trample—move as calmly as you can toward the emergency exit to ensure your own safety and that of others.

Keep personal items very close

Safety isn’t only limited to handling the aftermath of a bus accident. Although most people on city buses simply want to travel from Point A to Point B, some people may be predators looking for a mark. To protect your belongings as well as your identity, keep your personal items close. Keep your identification cards in your wallet and on your person (anti-theft wallets are ideal for this). Avoid carrying large amounts of cash on you if possible, and keep your money tucked away someplace safe.

In the event of an emergency, follow instructions

If the worst should happen and the bus you are traveling on is involved in a road accident, try to remain calm. If the bus driver or first responders—such as police officers or paramedics at the scene of the accident—offer guidance (such as directing you to an emergency exit), follow their instructions and try to avoid panicking. When an accident happens, following instructions can be the difference between life and death.

If you have been involved in a bus accident

If you were a passenger on a city bus and the bus you were traveling on was involved in an accident, you may wish to consider speaking to an attorney. A lawyer with experience in bus accident cases can offer you a free consultation, and help you learn more about your rights as an accident victim—like whether you may be eligible for compensation for your pain and suffering.