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What happens next: after a bus hits a pedestrian?

By Eirlys - 8 July 2008 23

As I was recently in an accident that involved a bus and a pedestrian does anyone know what happens to bus drivers when this happens? I merely wish to know the process after the fact not to discuss the accident.

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What happens next: after a bus hits a pedestrian?
tylersmayhem 2:34 pm 08 Jul 08

IT seems that “cover-up” is a topic of the day…by me admittedly.

The Brad 2:08 pm 08 Jul 08

ACTION claimed there was no way to identify who was driving tha tparticular bus because it was a busy route.

So presumably, no witnesses on the bus, came forward to dob in the hit and run bus driver. Or any drivers behind the bus.

Albigeois 1:45 pm 08 Jul 08

An ACTION bus once sideswiped and seriously injured a road construction worker. The bus was speeding and not in its lane.

The worker was facing the other way doing his work and had no reason to expect that the bus could hit him because he was over 50cm off the roadway.

ACTION claimed there was no way to identify who was driving tha tparticular bus because it was a busy route. So nothing happened there.

Moral of the story – PLEASE observe speed limits in roadworks areas.

V8-Prius 1:33 pm 08 Jul 08

The usual protocol is that the bus stops to see if the person still has a pulse.

H1NG0 12:53 pm 08 Jul 08

I have seen people swing their car doors out into the path of trucks and busses on busy roads. Once such case missed the driver but took their door clean off. Anyone who doesn’t look before opening their door into traffic should drive a Moke. That being said, I have also seen many ACTION drivers do stupid things and generally drive like an ass, so it works both ways.

tylersmayhem 12:51 pm 08 Jul 08

Not while buses are merging from a slip lane should we give way – although they forsce this by just flooring it in front of you. Please tell me if I’m wrong here as far as the law goes!?

Eirlys 12:48 pm 08 Jul 08

tylersmayhem said :

The way I see some bus drivers drive, I’m amazed that this doesn’t happen more often. So many times I’ve almost been ran into the next lane because a bus refuses to yield or give way and charges straight in front. Throw a pedestrian into the mix and it would get even more messy I’m sure.

As for buses giving way, not the comment about yielding. Cars are supposed to give way to buses. As far as the instructions on the back of buses go anyways

tylersmayhem 12:07 pm 08 Jul 08

The way I see some bus drivers drive, I’m amazed that this doesn’t happen more often. So many times I’ve almost been ran into the next lane because a bus refuses to yield or give way and charges straight in front. Throw a pedestrian into the mix and it would get even more messy I’m sure.

Ian 11:55 am 08 Jul 08

My understanding is that ACTION has a dedicated accident investigation officer whose job is to gather the facts of any accident and liase with lawyers/insurers re any claims arising from them. They also track drivers’ accident records which can lead to counselling/retraining/sacking. ACTION has an EAS contractor so counselling is provided through this – in the case of serious accidents, I understand this is done very soon after the accident.

Eirlys 11:28 am 08 Jul 08

Duke that was more what I was curious about, if they are provided counselling etc. As it can be a humongous shock for both the driver and the accident victim regardless of fault.
And yes one would hope the pedestrian will be ok.

Duke 10:49 am 08 Jul 08

I know an ACTION bus driver who hit a pedestrian near Civic and was reprimanded for it. There was some doubt as to who was to blame but the victim (who was elderly and apparently claimed not to see the bus) was not badly injured so the driver was warned and allowed to continue driving.

The driver was also traumatised by this event and it is something that haunts him still.

G-Fresh 10:45 am 08 Jul 08

In answer to the question, one would hope that the pedestrian may recover!

nyssa76 10:02 am 08 Jul 08

After my car was hit by a private bus (and car door hit me as I was getting out of the car at the time), NOTHING.

So much for reporting accidents to police and insurance.

The Brad 9:27 am 08 Jul 08

I heard on commercial FM radio this morning, that any witnesses are requested to call crimestoppers. This is in regards to a bus hitting a man, who suffered hip and leg injuries.
So I guess there will be an enquiry into it.

shanefos 9:18 am 08 Jul 08

I’d be very interested to know as well.
I was on a bus that failed to stop after merging into/side-swiping a car and have always wondered whether anything would have come of it.

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