Pedestrian Killed While Waiting for a Bus in Tucson
A 65-year-old man died Sunday, September 16, 2018, in Tucson after being hit by a car while waiting for a bus. The car smashed into the bus stop after running a red light. It also rear-ended an SUV, killing the driver inside. Two other victims who were waiting in the bus stop remain hospitalized with serious injuries. The driver who caused all the damage was treated for minor injuries only.
This accident highlights the fact that pedestrians can be injured and killed in many different places, including on the sidewalk, at a bus stop, in a parking lot, while crossing the street, and while walking into stores, stadiums, and schools. Pedestrians have to be extra-cautious around busy intersections where there is more likelihood of a car running a red light or misjudging a turn.
When crashes like this happen, victims usually face very high medical costs, years of rehabilitation, weeks and months of missed work, and thousands of dollars in other damages. The Husband and Wife Law Team negotiates with the at-fault party’s insurance company to obtain a settlement for the victim or the victim’s family. This settlement can help cover those costs and more.
And while it’s not often that someone is injured while sitting in a bus stop, these types of accidents can happen. In fact, pedestrian accidents DO happen several times per day in Arizona; there were 1,702 pedestrian crashes in 2017. There were 226 pedestrians killed and 1,438 injured during that year.
It’s important to follow a few simple tips to keep yourself safer, including:
• Stay away from busy intersections if possible. If at a bus stop, stand behind any substantial beams or posts that might absorb some of the impact if crash does occur.
• When the bus arrives, enter and exit quickly and move to the sidewalk and away from the street.
• If walking at dawn or dusk or during the night, wear reflective gear and a light. Make sure you are very visible to passing drivers.
• Know your bus route so you don’t end up walking farther than you’d planned. Ask the driver if you aren’t sure, and consider calling a taxi if you accidentally exited the bus far from your destination.
• Don’t travel alone; if possible, go with a friend or at least tell a loved one where you’re going and when you plan to return. Carry a fully charged cellphone so you can call 911 in the event of an accident.