Three-Vehicle Crash Injures Bus Driver in South Nashville
A bus driver was injured in a crash involving a Nashville MTA bus and two other cars Friday morning on Briley Parkway.
According to a report by wkrn.com, the accident occurred around 10 a.m. on Briley Parkway near Knights of Columbus Boulevard and adjacent to Interstate 40.
Nashville police stated that the driver of the bus was at an intersection and had the right of way to turn when the driver of a black BMW ran the red light and struck the bus. After getting hit by the BMW, the bus careened out of control and struck a power pole.
In addition to hitting the bus, the BMW also struck an SUV.
The driver of the bus was the only occupant of the vehicle when it crashed, and she was taken to Summit Medical Center to receive treatment for facial injuries, while the driver of the BMW did not suffer any injuries in the accident. However, she was cited because a 3-year-old child in the car wasn’t in proper car restraints.
Bus Safety Tips
Riding a bus can seem like a passive experience where you don’t have much control over your own safety. While it’s true that you have to trust the bus driver’s experience, skill level, and judgment when they’re behind the wheel, there are still a few things you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones, including:
- Buckle up if seat belts are available.
Some buses are equipped with seat belts. If your bus has seat belts, always buckle up—even for short rides. Seat belts are among the most effective safety features on any vehicle, and being buckled up can save your life or dramatically reduce the severity of your injuries if you are ever involved in an accident.
- Hold on to hand rails if all the seats are taken.
Sometimes you might not get a seat when you board a bus. If there are no seats available, position yourself so that you can get a solid grip on a hand rail and hold on tight. If possible, brace yourself against a seat or pole while holding the hand rail. In the event of an accident or the bus driver slamming on the brakes, you will be less likely to suffer injuries.
- Keep aisles clear.
Buses don’t have much room for riders to move around. That’s why it’s important to minimize the amount of personal belongings you have that could get in the way of other passengers. Hold bags, luggage, or backpacks in your lap or put them under your seat to keep them from taking up space in the aisle. Doing your part to keep yourself and others safe while moving around on the bus also allows the driver to keep his or her full attention on the road at all times.
At Matt Hardin Law, our Lebanon car accident attorneys are dedicated to making Tennessee’s roadways safer for all drivers and passengers, whether they’re riding in cars, trucks, or buses. Although you take a risk every time you get behind the wheel of your vehicle or use public transportation, your risk of suffering an injury can be greatly reduced by following a few safety tips and always staying cautious and alert.
If you or your loved one suffered an injury in car accident or bus accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, our legal team can help you get compensation for your accident-related expenses. Contact us today by dialing (615) 200-1111 or fill out a free online form. It’s our goal to help you move forward with your life after the accident.