"there was plenty of room for our car to fit in the left lane when we pulled up."

This is where I start to be on the side of the bus driver. She didn't say "the bus was not straddling both lanes", she said there was plenty of room. This indicates to me that the bus was indeed straddling the lanes and the driver of the car thought, "fuck it, I'm gonna pull up anyway, there's 'plenty of room' if I hug the inner line.
This is very similar to 5 people getting run over, and also very similar to the holocaust.
My husband asked her what she was thinking and reminded her that a bus driver hit and killed some pedestrians not long ago, but he didn't insult her directly.

"I'm not an ambiturner."

- Derek Zoolander
(and Trimet)
I'm with Demonjuice on this one. If you see a large vehicle (bus or semi) straddling two left turn lanes, common sense should tell you not to squeeze in next to it. However, the bus driver should have known the car was there and waited for it to clear. Probably the bus driver should have take up more space of the leftmost lane, because you cannot count on common sense from most drivers, unfortunately. I don't think that drivers' ed classes teach people how to inter-act with large vehicles. I escort oversize loads, and am a retired truck driver, and it never ceases to amaze me what drivers, both car and truck, try to get away with, or are ignorant of the laws. This also applies to some bicycle riders I have observed, and of course pedestrians. I have seen 2 peds this wek crossing intersections against the walk light, and when I pointed this out to one of them, he acted like I was in the wrong.
F 'em. It's a jungle out there.
Another reason to walk (instead of drive) and learn parkour in case some bus be all rollin up on ya business.
Did you get this from Joseph Rose?
Here are the facts:

Buses split lanes, cars try to squeeze in between, and get hit.
That's most likely what happened, I see it every day behind my wheel.
Some of the previous comments assume the bus was blameless. But consider what we know.

The bus was stopped at a red light. Tri-met says it was "straddling" the lane line. What does that mean? A foot over the line, maybe? If it had been centered over the line, the car couldn't have pulled up next to it.

Anyway, when the light turned green, the bus driver, having allowed at least a full car width between itself and the left-hand curb, proceeded to make her turn without even looking out the window to make sure there wasn't a car (or bicycle) in her path. Is that really "proper procedure," as Tri-Met states?

It sounds to me like another case of Tri-Met driver error--and an attempt to shift the blame.
@Davy - if the car pulled up to the light next to a bus that was even a foot over the line, they are BOTH in error and both to blame.
The bus probably didn't move farther left because she needs all the room she can get to make the turn without cutting into the left lane of the cross street. The buses have a long wheelbase, so the side of the bus sweeps across a lot of territory when turning. I don't know if the cross street has a left turn lane or not, but even if there is one, there may have been a vehicle in it. Regardless, the bus driver should have known the car was there, unless the car pulled into the lane just as the light for the turn came on. Then the bus driver may have been looking out for pedestrians and not for some idiot driver trying to pass her on the left.

Interesting situation. I can see multiple ways it would play out. I think tri-met would be mostly at fault here, because a bus in the middle should check their left side for clearance when two lanes are taken.
"Straddling the line" implies that the bus was actually taking up both lanes, but how far over do you have to be to be clearly "straddling"? An inch? A foot? Given how wide TriMet buses are, they often don't fit entirely in their lanes anyway, so when are they far enough over to be straddling? As a fellow driver who shares the road with TriMet and bikes and pedestrians, I would like some clearer signals from TriMet so I know how to drive around them. They may have "proper procedures" but they aren't very useful if other drivers can't understand what they are intending to do.
"Given how wide TriMet buses are, they often don't fit entirely in their lanes anyway,"

Do you have an example? I would be very surprised if there is a single tri-met bus that is wider than the lane it drives in.

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