SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY- According to sbstatesman.com, a student at Stoney Brook University was hit by a university bus on Wednesday morning, November 28, 2018. The student, a 22-year-old undergraduate, was transferred to the emergency room with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.
There were two students riding the bus at the time of the incident. Neither the students nor the driver sustained injuries.
The police responded to the scene and reported that the incident was an accident and that there is no suspicion of any criminal behavior.
Bus drivers must content with blind spots that can create dangers for pedestrians and cyclists. When a bus makes a left turn, as many as 12 people can fit into the spaces that are blocked by the vehicle’s mirrors and window frames. While newer buses are being designed to avoid having such large blind spots, buses are pricey, and in many places, it will be over a decade before complete fleets of buses are replaced with newer and potentially safer models. Drivers also contend with stress resulting from the need to maintain a schedule even in heavy traffic. And pedestrians can put themselves at risk as well by being distracted while walking.
Every year, about 600,000 pedestrians and cyclists across the world die in incidents involving large vehicles such as buses.
One possible way to increase pedestrian safety is to add collision avoidance technology to large buses. The systems have shown some success in preventing accidents. While there were concerns over the systems possibly causing distractions by beeping too often and causing false alarms, test trials have not indicated that this will be a problem.
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