Sacramento Bus Collision
Sacramento Bus Collision – A female pedestrian was left critically injured after a Sacramento bus collision on September 22, 2018, when she crossed the street outside a crosswalk. The incident was reported by the Sacramento Police Department after it responded to an accident at Silver Eagle Road and Norwood Avenue shortly before 9:00 in the morning. The Regional Transit bus involved in the crash was traveling along transit Route 19 in North Sacramento at the time.
Sacramento Bus Collision Details
According to police, roads were closed in the Oak Knoll, Strawberry Manor and Johnson Heights areas while an investigation was conducted into the accident from around 9:00 in the morning to 2:00 in the afternoon. No individuals riding on the bus were harmed, according to a report, and neither drugs nor alcohol appeared to be a factor in the accident. No further information has been released on the identity of the woman who was injured or her condition.
Avoiding a Bus Collision
The number of pedestrians struck and suffering severe trauma or death in the Sacramento area has been on the rise. This is despite efforts by local police to educate motorists and pedestrians on the dangers. Some of the ways for a pedestrian to avoid a bus collision include:
- Only cross a street at intersections. Crossing in the middle of a street means that motorists might not notice someone stepping in front of their vehicle until it’s too late.
- Whenever possible, cross at intersections that have walk lights. While this might involve walking an extra block to locate one, it can save your life.
- Don’t wear dark clothing, especially after dark. Wearing brightly colored clothing makes a pedestrian more noticeable to oncoming vehicles.
- Don’t drink and walk. Both impaired pedestrians and drivers contribute to these kinds of accidents.
- Leave the earphones and cell phones at home. One of the problems with pedestrians who wear earbuds or earphones or who chat while walking is that they cannot hear the surrounding traffic. This can lead to a bus accident.
- When walking after dark, carry a flashlight and use reflective strips on clothing. This makes a pedestrian more visible.
- Stay off roads or highways where pedestrians are not allowed.
- If sidewalks are not available, face the direction of oncoming traffic and walk on the shoulder.
Safe Practices to Avoid Pedestrians
Bus drivers and other motorists can help avoid accidents with pedestrians by using the following suggestions:
- Always keep an eye out for pedestrians when driving. Children chasing a ball into a street, older pedestrians who are trying to shorten the distance and others who don’t always follow traffic rules.
- Avoid speeding because the higher the speed, the longer the stopping distance. In addition, excess speed is one of the major causes of all types of car accidents. This is especially important when passing areas where large numbers of people congregate such as churches, schools, and theaters.
- Reduce speed when nearing a crosswalk. Just because the light is green, it doesn’t mean there isn’t a pedestrian crossing.
- If there is a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk, don’t pass it. This might mean there is a pedestrian crossing that you are unable to see. Older pedestrians are particularly vulnerable because they walk more slowly.
Watch YouTube video: 60 Second Driver – Pedestrian Safety. This short video provides basic guidelines on how to be safer while you are out walking or jogging.
Sacramento Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento pedestrian accident lawyer. While most pedestrians are cautious when crossing a street, accidents can still happen, resulting in high medical bills, time lost from work and other costs. If this happened to you or someone you love, reach out to me at (916) 921-6400 in the Sacramento area for free and friendly advice. You can also reach me at (800) 404-5400 if you are outside the area.
For over 36 years, I have defended the rights of those living in and around the city and throughout Northern California to obtain the compensation they deserve in accidents caused by negligence. Among those areas of practice are car accidents, wrongful death, motorcycle injuries and claims against government entities.
One group I am a member of is the Million Dollar Advocates. This forum was devised to recognize the top trial attorneys around the country who have won a case for a client for more than $1 million.
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