When you’re waiting at a bus stop, you’re most likely thinking about your life, or listening to calm music, or reading a book, or even talking to a friend or colleague heading back home.
But unfortunately, some people just never get to return home and hop onto the bus they were waiting for. You and your friends, colleagues or family members are at risk of getting injured or killed by a car when waiting at a bus stop.
That’s right, you don’t necessarily need to be crossing a street to be hit by a car, as just standing there or sitting on a bus stop bench is dangerous enough to become a victim of a devastating car accident.
How common are car accidents with pedestrians at bus stops in Aventura and across Florida? This is the question we have asked our Aventura car accident attorney here at Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert, PA.
The exact number of people injured or killed as a result of cars ramming into bus stops is unclear, as the Florida Highway Patrol doesn’t seem to track these car accidents separately (not to mention that many such accidents go underreported).
However, if you google “car accident bus stop,” you will see just how common and terrifying this type of accident is. In 2012, a 64-year-old woman was struck and killed when a car driver lost control of his vehicle on Bird Road at SW 93rd Avenue in Miami.
The woman, identified as Estanislada Carlota Pol, was sitting on a bus bench when she was struck by the 2005 Dodge Neon. The driver fled the scene, and it’s unclear if the Florida police has ever found and arrested the driver.
Police couldn’t immediately find surveillance footage from the scene of the fatal car accident, which is why it was unclear if speeding, another car, drunk driving or other factors contributed to the crash.
While many car drivers go unpunished for smashing into bus stops, and injuring and killing innocent people waiting for their bus, it also happens that car crashes send vehicles into nearby bus stops.
In these cases, pedestrians at bus stops become collateral damages of two-car or multiple car accidents. This was the case last week in Chicago, when a 24-year-old woman was injured after a traffic collision sent one of the cars into a bus stop where she was standing.
Given the catastrophic damages and even fatalities that bus stop car accidents inflict, our car accident attorneys advise pedestrians to avoid making the most common mistakes that victims of crashes at bus stops make:
If you get injured or your loved one gets killed in a bus stop crash in Aventura or elsewhere in Florida, consult an Aventura car accident lawyer immediately to known your best course of action.
Whether the car driver flees the scene or stays at the scene, it’s vital to have your own lawyer who would conduct an unbiased investigation to maximize your compensation.
Here at Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert, PA, we stand by your side, which is why our skilled attorneys offer a free initial consultation. Call our Aventura offices at 305.931.6666 or complete this contact form.