When waiting for a bus or a train, make sure you follow these five safety tips for commuters:
1. Eliminate Distractions
Whether you’re waiting for the bus or the train, you can improve your personal safety by eliminating any distractions. Usually, this includes the use of a smartphone, tablet, or music player. Take ear buds out, put down your phone, and make sure you’re paying attention to what’s going on around you. Being distracted can lead to a slip a fall, or even put you at risk of being mugged.
2. Keep Your Distance from Tracks or/and Road
Another important part of safety when waiting for a bus or a train is to make sure that you keep your distance from train tracks or the road. While accidents are rare, they do happen. If you were to slip and fall onto the tracks or on the road, the injuries sustained might be fatal. To learn more about negligent bus drivers, read our bus accidents blog.
3. Wait in a Well-lit Area
When waiting for a bus or a train, choose a well-lit area. Standing in a well-lit area may reduce your chances of being mugged, attacked, or assaulted.
4. Watch Your Step
When taking the stairs or an escalator onto a waiting platform, or when entering a bus or train, make sure you watch your step. It only takes a moment for a serious slip and fall accident to occur. Use one hand to hold the handrail and the other free (from your phone) in case you trip so that you can catch yourself. Learn the five steps to take after being hurt by a bus in Pennsylvania.
5. Keep Your Belongings Close to Your Person
Muggings happen in crowded areas, and bus stops and train stations are two common locations for a mugging to occur. Keep your bag or briefcase close to your person, and make sure your wallet or cash is in a safe place, not in your back pocket.
What to Do if You’re Injured When Waiting for a Bus or Train
If you’re injured while waiting for a bus or a train, it’s important that you discover exactly why your injury occurred. Maybe you fell because of an unsafe platform or walking area; maybe someone assaulted you causing an injury. Whatever it was, you may be entitled to compensation for the harm that you’ve suffered.
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our attorneys can help you discover who’s to blame for your injury. Then, we can help you to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover damages. To learn more about the statute of limitations for filing a claim—two years in Pennsylvania—and what your rights are as an injured party, call us at 215-642-2335.