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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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nyssa76 8:49 am 09 Jul 08

DJ, can you read? WTF is your problem?

Re-read the passage –> PRIVATE BUS and REPORTED IT TO POLICE.

Yes I also called the bus company 3 weeks ago when it happened.

It’s kinda hard to type when you can’t move your arm higher than you elbow, so my apologies to you for being so damn late in posting it. I realise that you must be a busy person and need up to date information the minute it happens.

Oh and NO I wasn’t asking for sympathy.

bd84 8:41 pm 08 Jul 08

Well the driver would get counselling, and there police report for the accident which would go to the officer at ACTION responsible for accidents and action (no pun intended lol) would be taken if at fault.

As for not being able to identify the bus, if you had a bus number/route number and time they may be able to identify the bus based on route and scheduling data both from the ticket machines and their bus/driver timetabling system. However if you’re telling them it was sometime on one of the major busy bus routes it would probably be very difficult for them to tell unless there was noticable damage to the bus

tylersmayhem said :

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!?

Buses are big, and don’t exactly respond “quickly” for speed changes. Legally you’re only required to give way to a bus pulling out from the kerb or while it’s turning, not that anyone in Canberra pays attention to that anyway. Common sense would figure that you see a bus going to merge or needing to change lanes that you create enough space to allow it to do so, buses have set routes they don’t have the luxury of being able to take the next exit and then go back. The majority of buses i’ve seen or have been on don’t indicate and barge in like most Canberra drivers, they indicate until all the morons squeeze past then change lanes when someone sensibly lets them in.

Then again there are stupid bus drivers out there but they’re mostly the ones who don’t give way at intersections (t-junctions or roundabouts) and you come to a complete stop to avoid crashing into them when they pull out.

DJ 7:53 pm 08 Jul 08

nyssa76 said :

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.

Did you report it to both Police and ACTION? Ask for a reference number? Take digital images of the injuries or damage? See a doctor? Call a friend or a friend of a friend? Report it on RA ages after it happened and expect a general reaction in support of you?

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