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MTA Buses Leaving More Riders Injured
The number of riders bring thrown around on city buses is up this year, the MTA reported Monday — with officials blaming drivers swerving to avoid cars, bikes and pedestrians.
The number of “bus customer accidents” — reported mishaps that do not involve collisions — is up 11% through the end of August, from 442 in 2018 to 494, according to MTA data provided to The Post.
Of those, 207 — or 41.9% — were caused by “throwing movements,” a 5.5% jump from last year.
The MTA blames its drivers — and traffic.
The second most common bus mishap — slips or falls that occur when riders board or exit the bus — is down slightly, from 163 to 160.
Reported collisions and collisions involving injuries have also increased this year, albeit slightly, by 1.2% and 1.8% respectively.
School Bus Crashes
School bus-related crashes killed 117 people nationwide in 2018, according to National Safety Council (NSC) tabulations of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
A school bus-related crash is defined by NHTSA as any crash in which a vehicle, regardless of body design, used as a school bus is directly or indirectly involved. This includes incidents involving school children getting in or out of a vehicle.
From 2009 to 2018, about 70% of the deaths in school bus-related crashes were occupants of vehicles other than the school bus, and 17% were pedestrians. About 5% were school bus passengers, 4% were school bus drivers, and 2% were pedalcyclists.
Of the people injured in school bus-related crashes from 2008 to 2018, about 36% were school bus passengers, 8% were school bus drivers, and 51% were occupants of other vehicles. The remainder were pedestrians, pedalcyclists, and other or unknown.