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Bus that Kills Bicyclist Missing Safety Feature

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Jarod Cassidy4 years ago

The San Francisco Gate reports that the bus involved in a fatal collision with an elderly bicyclist was missing a life saving safety device which is required by company policy.

About the San Francisco Bus Accident

  • Cheng Jin Lai, a 78-year-old San Francisco resident, died last Wednesday after a Muni bus stuck him as he rode his bicycle.
  • According to reports, the bus was making a right turn at an intersection when it hit Lai who was pronounced dead at the scene.
  • San Francisco Bicycle Coalition held a demonstration in efforts to press city officials to make improvements to bicyclist safety in the city.

San Francisco Bus Lacked S-1 Gard

  • After reviewing images of the bus, Krista Berry, operations director for Public Transportation Safety International Corps, reported that the bus was not equipped with an S-1 Gard, a safety device manufactured by her company.
  • The S-1 Gard or “people catcher” is a plastic bumper-like safety device which helps to push pedestrians who fall under the bus away from the wheels.
  • Muni first began using the S-1 Gard between 2007 and 2008, and requires all of its buses to be equipped device.
Bus Accident Statistics
  • The latest available data from the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHTSA) suggests that bus-related accidents are on the rise in the United States.
  • In 2011, the NHTSA recorded 56,000 accidents which resulted in 242 death and 1,300 injuries – this is up from 54,000 incidents recorded in 2010.
  • Bus accidents are often attributed to:

    • Distracted Driving
    • Poor Vehicle Maintenance
    • Failure to Adhere to Traffic Laws
    • Driver Fatigue
Contact an Experienced Bus Accident Attorney

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