Riding the Bus Can Reduce Your Chance of InjuriesDecember 26, 2018
Whether commuting to work or school, running errands, or taking a road trip, most people prefer driving their own car over taking a bus. People like the convenience, comfort, and privacy of their cars, even if it is not always the best, or safest option. According to a recent study, commuters are three times more likely to be injured while driving a car than they are if they are riding a bus. That does not mean that bus accidents do not happen or that bus passengers do not suffer injuries. It simply means that taking the bus may be a safer option if you want to avoid traffic-related injuries.
Researchers examined police reports from 2001 to 2010 to determine which mode of transportation was safer when navigating the streets of a large, busy city. On the routes studied, they found that buses had fewer accidents that resulted in passenger injuries. In addition, buses had a better safety record when it came to sharing the road with other people, including pedestrians and cyclists. In fact, 95 percent of pedestrian injuries and 96 percent of cyclist injuries were caused by cars.
No Bus-Related Fatalities
When examining the same time period, researchers found that 668 bus passengers were injured, but there were no fatalities. However, there were 10,892 injuries and 19 fatalities involving occupants of passenger vehicles. In addition, cars were involved in 42 pedestrian fatalities and three cyclist fatalities, whereas buses were involved in four pedestrian fatalities and zero cyclist fatalities.
Based on their research findings, the researchers estimate that a 50 percent shift from car to bus use could prevent 35 percent of all injuries, and 38 percent of severe injuries related to the accident. The research did not consider how a reduction in traffic volume would affect these estimates, or the fact that a shift toward public transportation would mean an increase in the number of pedestrians, which could result in a higher number of pedestrian fatalities. As a result, the estimated percentages of injury reductions would either be higher or lower, based on the information.
Not all commuters have easy access to public transportation, so riding a bus is not always an option. Other people may have access but choose to drive their own car. To avoid an accident that could injure yourself, other motorists, or pedestrians who are sharing the road, always follow the rules of the road, be aware of your surroundings, and make safety a priority.
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