A Metro bus crash on Minnesota Avenue in Southeast DC sent several people to the hospital, as reported at wusa9.com. According to the report, a bus on the V7 route struck a passenger car around 7:40 in the morning. Emergency responders transported five people to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Rescue workers also evaluated several other people at the accident scene.
Many automobile drivers fail to take into account the fact that buses have large blind spots in the front and back. The bigger the vehicle, the bigger the blind spot. The bigger blind spots make it more difficult for bus drivers to see cars that are following too closely. In addition, buses make wider turns than passenger vehicles. Buses have to enter turns wider, and the rear wheels can easily strike other cars, pedestrians or bicyclists.
When a bus makes a wide right turn, it can squeeze a car between the bus and the curb. Accidents happen when a car attempts to pass a turning bus on the right, directly in the bus’s blind spot.
How often do you take these things into account when driving behind a bus?
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