Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
Vancouver bus accident safety is surprisingly counterintuitive.
For instance, many people presume that school buses—with their astonishing lack of seat belts—must be particularly dangerous vehicles. However, statistics suggest otherwise. In fact, school buses are among the safest vehicles on the road. Curiously, the lack of seat belts on school buses may explain why they are so safe. How is that possible? Well, traditional seat belts do not fit diversely sized kids well and a poorly fitting seat belt is more dangerous than no seat belt at all.
If bus safety is somewhat non-intuitive, what should you do, as a bus passenger, to minimize your chances of getting hurt in the future? Here are a few concrete steps you can take:
- Only book tickets with reputable bus companies. Research services before you book your tickets, and pay attention to their recent safety records. In general, the more established bus companies are safer.
- Be alert for signs of driver incompetence, intoxication, or negligence. Do not be afraid to ask questions, call the police, or demand to get off the bus, if you are concerned for your safety. Be observant, and be vocal.
- Minimize the amount of miles you spend on the road. A Vancouver bus accident is, ultimately, a numbers game. The more miles you drive in any vehicle, the greater your risk of getting hurt. Shorten your commuting time. Cut back on your road trips. Drive and commute less and you will lower your accident risk.
- Stay in excellent overall health. Avoid overindulging in alcohol, sugar, and processed foods. Stay strong by exercising safely with weights. Get enough sunlight, safely. By taking care of your body, you will improve your immune system. You will then be more likely to survive trauma, like a Vancouver bus accident.
To build a case to obtain compensation after a Vancouver bus crash, call the experienced, thorough Vancouver bus accident lawyers at McComb Witten at 604-255-9018. You may also wish to download a free copy of our report, Your Family Doctor Could Make or Break Your ICBC Claim.
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