Unfortunately, as we age we begin to notice a loss of balance, agility and strength making us more vulnerable to injuries. Seniors may also take advantage of public transportation more than younger individuals may and so employing the following safety tips can help ensure they stay healthy and uninjured.
- When boarding or leaving a public vehicle look for uneven or slippery pavement or other hazards that could cause a fall.
- Before boarding a bus, have your fare ready to avoid losing your balance while looking for change.
- When boarding or leaving a subway car pay attention to the gap between the edge of the platform and the door and step cautiously.
- Before boarding a bus or subway car, stand to the side and let others get off first—this is not only polite but helps prevent being pushed and thrown off balance.
- Remain alert to your surroundings and steady yourself when the vehicle is slowing or turning.
- Never board a bus or subway car with too many packages, leave one hand free to hold onto railings or straps.
- In bad weather and at night, allow for extra time to cross intersections to ensure you are seen by motorists and do not slip and injure yourself.
- Wear light colored or reflective clothing at night or carry a flashlight to make yourself visible to motorists and other pedestrians.
- When you riding in a taxi, fasten your seat belt to ensure your safety—just because it is a cab doesn’t mean you should neglect vital safety measures.
Talk to a San Francisco public transportation accident lawyer today
Unfortunately, too many seniors are injured because of negligence and the failure of others to employ basic safety precautions. If you have been injured in a public transportation accident, an experienced San Francisco public transportation accident lawyer can help. Contact us online or call 866-288-6010 to discuss your public transportation accident case.