This study of alighting accidents involving buses of Southern California Rapid Transit District was accompanied by definition of a series of alternatives for possibly alleviating the problem. Two accidents resulting in serious injury to passengers exiting rear doors of buses focused attention on the situation, but an overall analysis was made initially. Alighting accounted for on 4.9% of SCRTD's total accidents and 3.2% of accident costs. It was found that AMG and Flexible type Advanced Design buses had disportionate incidences of alighting accidents in relation to their numbers in the SCRTD fleet. Accidents were also analyzed in terms of weather, lighting conditions, front or rear exit, and victim's age and sex. Suggested alternatives were: Restrict exiting to rear door only; provide added handrails at front and rear doors to assist elderly who constitute a disportionate number of victims; undertake individual accident investigations; or continue monitoring general accident statistics.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Southern California, Los Angeles

    Institute of Safety and Systems Management, University Park
    Los Angeles, CA  United States  90007
  • Authors:
    • Jones, G P
    • Long, W Y
  • Publication Date: 1983-5-30

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 23 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00389881
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 30 1984 12:00AM