A mirror meant to help drivers see what is beside them is actually obstructing their view of what is in front of them, report SEPTA bus drivers. SEPTA union officials claim that the large side-view mirrors equipped on every SEPTA bus cause a sizeable blind spot that can be blamed for dozens of bus accidents involving pedestrians.
These reports come in the wake of a recent tragedy, in which a 29-year old woman and her 8-year old son were struck by a SEPTA bus as it made a left hand turn across the crosswalk. The boy was seriously injured in the crash. The mother, who was struck directly by the bus and then dragged under the tires, did not survive.
SEPTA bus drivers claim that the left-side mirrors, which measure 15??8 inches, cause a deadly blind spot of approximately five feet. While executing a left-hand turn, drivers can lose sight of up to 17 feet of crosswalk. A report issued after SEPTA conducted an internal study confirms that drivers can lose sight of a pedestrian for up to two seconds, but calls this an acceptable risk.
SEPTA drivers have been urging the company to fix the problem since 2012, when three pedestrians were killed in 63 accidents with SEPTA buses. The company has resisted the drivers’ pleas, stating that changing or re-positioning the mirrors could cause other safety issues.
However, in light of this most recent death, and following numerous public outcries, SEPTA has stated that beginning January 2015, they will be replacing the old 15??8 inch mirrors with new 12??8 mirrors. Despite this move, SEPTA officials maintain that it is the drivers, and not the mirrors that are to blame for the crashes.
SEPTA officials insist that bus drivers are well aware of the potential for deadly accidents caused by blind spots and are taught safety techniques that are meant to minimize the risk. Still, bus drivers disagree that the techniques taught are enough to compensate for the large obstruction of vision the mirror creates.
It should be noted that since January 2011, SEPTA has paid out about $3.3 million for bus accidents involving pedestrians. More than half of those crashes were the result of buses making left turns.
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A mirror meant to help drivers see what is beside them is actually obstructing their view of what is in front of them, report SEPTA bus drivers. SEPTA union officials claim that the large side-view mirrors equipped on every SEPTA bus cause a sizeable blind spot that can be blamed for dozens of rel=”nofollow” >bus accidents involving pedestrians.