The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) recently issued a press release encouraging motorists in California to try public transit options, since March is Try Transit Month. Giving public transit a shot can help to save money and time. At this time, Caltrans is trying to improve access to public transit in areas that aren’t traditionally transit friendly. They are utilizing funds from SB 1, which provides over $700 million annually for improving transit for commuters in California. Improving access to public transit options is a top priority for Caltrans.
Reducing Congestion and Improving Safety With Public Transit
Officials with Caltrans are hoping to double transit trips and triple bicycle and pedestrian trips. Stepping out of your comfort zone to get on a bus or train during Try Transit Month is a great place to start. Not only can trying transit reduce roadway congestion, it can also help to improve commuter safety throughout the State of California.
Bus Crash Statistics
- From 2015 to 2016, the number of buses involved in fatal crashes decreased (14 percent) from 263 to 227.
- On average, from 2006 to 2016, intercity buses accounted for 13 percent of all buses involved in fatal crashes.
- During that decade, transit buses accounted for 34 percent of all buses involved in fatal crashes.
- School buses accounted for 40 percent of all fatal bus crashes during that time period.
Bus and Train Accident Attorneys You Can Trust
Although public transit options are often statistically safer than driving or riding in a car, they’re not completely without risk. After any kind of injury accident occurring on a bus or train, it’s a good idea to speak with a Personal Injury lawyer about your case. You may be entitled to compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages and other expenses associated with your injuries.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a bus accident or in a train accident in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the nearby communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation.