Riding a bus in Colorado can be a convenient and cost-effective way to move around. It could be a public transportation bus for those trying to get around a city or a school bus for kids going to school.
How do you stay safe on a bus in Denver and Aurora?
1. Be sure you’re ready to travel alone
Truth is, traveling alone on the bus for the first time can be scary. There are several things to consider like, knowing where your bus stop is, how long the journey will take.
If traveling on the bus alone can be scary for an adult, how about your kid?
The best thing to do will be to do a trial run with your kids before they make their first journey alone. This will give them the confidence they require, and it’ll give you peace of mind.
2. Know the rules of the bus
Every bus has a general set of rules that must be followed. These rules aren’t just there for “jokes”, they are there for everyone’s safety (your child inclusive).
So, do yourself a favor and adhere to the rules, you should also teach your kids to adhere to the rules.
A few of the unsaid rules include:
- Wait until the bus has come to a total stop before heading towards the door.
- Make sure you do not leave any personal belongings in the aisle as this could be a trip hazard
- Try not to communicate with the driver without a good reason (the drivers’ attention should only be called when there’s a serious issue on the ground)
- There is usually a sign indicating a point towards the front of the bus that you’re not allowed to pass, so do not go beyond this point as you could distract the driver.
- Always remain 10 feet from the bus to allow the driver to see you.
3. Be careful when walking towards the bus stop
It is advisable to always walk on the sidewalk to the bus stop and if there’s no sidewalk, walk on the left facing traffic. You should also get to the bus stop about 5 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive
Pedestrian accidents can be easily avoided. When you get to the bus stop, stay away from the road and avoid playing around while waiting.
4. Do not be in a rush to get on and off the bus
Enter the bus as quietly as you can, there’s no need to be in a rush. Hold the handrail if you feel the need to keep yourself stable while going up and down the stairs.
Once you’re on a bus, go directly to a seat. Do your best to remain seated and remain focused on your surrounding.
While you’re on the bus, always speak quietly on the bus to avoid distracting the bus driver.
When getting off, there’s no need to be in a rush, ensure that the bus has stopped moving before you try to get off the bus.
5. Get a bus accident lawyer
If the worst eventually does happen, make sure you’re prepared to handle it. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus or public transportation accident due to the negligent act of another, you should hire a bus accident lawyer.
There are people who might be against this advice, but the truth is, the worst really does happen no matter the preventive measure we put in place to prevent it.
It’s better to be prepared than to be caught off guard.
If you or a loved one is in a bus accident in the Aurora or Denver area, contact the law offices of Alhasoon, Glidden & Glidden to speak to our experienced attorneys. Contact us at (720) 487-1050 today for a no obligation consultation.