A Cleveland, OH bus driver is being recognized by many news source sites for having driven nearly 1.2 million miles over a 40-year span without ever getting into an accident that was preventable. By that, we mean the 14 accidents he was involved in were unavoidable and were not caused by him, a rarity in the bus industry. Goodwin McNeal is his name and perhaps the driver you might want to look for the next time you are in Cleveland and need to catch the bus.
How did McNeal manage to operate a bus for such a long period of time without causing an accident?
It was back in 1973 when McNeal was first handed an application to apply for employment at RTA, according to Cleveland.com. Eventually, he was hired and began driving buses, although he admitted he never really liked them. But, as he began working, he found he enjoyed being behind the wheel of the bus. He said that as a bus operator, he gets to “soak up the sunshine” and “see the seasons.” McNeal also enjoys seeing passengers, especially those who are tourists. He told the source that “you can travel into their country just by listening.”
Although McNeal was satisfied with being a bus driver back then, he compared the job to something out of the Flintstones. He said that there was no seat belt, no right-hand mirror, and no power steering. If you wanted to turn, you would have to stand up to do so. But, as time has passed, buses have evolved. And throughout those years, McNeal has only had a few unavoidable accidents, such as rear-enders and of course those close calls that most drivers have.
While operating a bus is no easy task, McNeal managed to do it with ease, although he has come in contact with trouble. He told the source that some riders have come aboard and flashed their weapons resulting in him having to call the transit police for help. But he admitted that he likes most passengers, and they like him too. One rider said that he knew McNeal a long time and that he is “a nice guy and a good driver.” Three passengers who were from Connecticut praised McNeal saying, “he’s not only a good driver but a tour guide and a very nice man.”
Some of the reasons McNeal likely managed to avoid causing an accident as he drives his 2:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. route on weekdays is because he is attentive, cautious, and patient. McNeal told the source “you got to have patience.” Another reason might be attributed to the fact that “McNeal has to take refresher training every two years at the West Park station.” Drivers are required to navigate a private course and use a bus simulator with animated dangers.”
While McNeal is contributing to making the roadway in Cleveland a safer place, unfortunately, there are other drivers who continue to engage in behavior that makes it risky and dangerous. And usually, those are the ones that cause the accidents. So, if you are a motorist who has been injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver in OH, be sure you contact a Cleveland, OH accident lawyer to discuss whether or not you are entitled to more compensation than what your insurance company is offering. If you need help with locating an accident lawyer in Cleveland, USAttorneys.com is here to assist you.