Articles Posted in Bus Accident

Legislators in New Jersey have started taking a closer look at jitney buses after a fatal crash in July that killed a baby in a stroller. According to an Associated Press news report, the state’s Assembly Transportation Committee held a hearing in Hoboken to gather testimony and information about how these jitney buses are operated and regulated.

In late July, an eight-month-old girl was killed when a jitney bus veered off the street and struck a light pole. The pole fell on the baby’s stroller and killed her. Police said that the driver of the bus was on the cell phone at the time of the crash. New Jersey officials have called for expanded oversight of these buses after that fatal crash. Legislators are likening these bus drivers’ dangerous practices to “the Wild West.” A jitney bus is a minivan-type vehicle that carries passengers for a much lower fare. Jitney buses transport a number of workers from New Jersey to New York City every day.
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One person was killed and four others were critically injured when an NJ Transit bus and a church van crashed on the Garden State Parkway at exit 159 southbound. According to a CBS news report, the bus was headed back to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan when it crashed with a Ford Econoline passenger van.

Investigators say that the van, which was in the right lane, veered into the left lane, striking the bus. The van rolled over and slid down the highway on its roof. The bus had no passengers. The van was carrying 23 people from a Newark church. One passenger in the van died and four others suffered life-threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing.
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Eight people were injured in a New Jersey car crash involving a school bus and six other vehicles. According to a CBS news report, the bus accident occurred on the Black Horse Pier near Chews Landing Road in Glendora. The bus was carrying senior citizens who were traveling to a senior center. Of the eight injured victims, one was listed in critical condition and two were listed as stable. No one has been cited for the collision, but the crash remains under investigation.

Victims of New Jersey car accidents often struggle to get fair compensation for their medical bills and lost wages. This is especially true in cases involving multiple vehicles. It is common in these types of accidents for drivers to have conflicting stories of how the accident occurred and for insurance companies to offer inadequate settlements to make the case go away quickly. If you have been involved in a multi-vehicle accident, it is important that you take the steps necessary to protect your rights.
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A 55-seat commuter bus carrying nearly three dozen passengers collided into a school minibus before crashing into a tree in Middlesex County. According to a news report in The Star-Ledger, the bus accident occurred along Route 9 in Old Bridge. Officials say the larger bus rear-ended the minibus, causing the smaller vehicle to overturn and crash into a power supply station.

Nearly all of the 35 people on the commuter bus suffered some form of injury in the crash. The 42-year-old driver had to undergo surgery after suffering soft tissue injuries and multiple bone fractures. The 24-seat school bus was not transporting any children at the time, but the driver and a school aid suffered minor injuries. It is not clear which driver was responsible for this Middlesex County bus accident.
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Four people were injured in a New Jersey intersection accident involving an Ocean Ride bus. According to a news report in The Berkeley Patch, the bus accident occurred on Woodbury Court at Edgebrook Drive in Berkeley. Officials say the 86-year-old driver of a Mercury Grand Marquis hit the gas instead of the brakes and ran through a stop sign. His vehicle veered into the wrong lane and collided with the bus.

Three passengers in the car suffered significant injuries and a bus passenger suffered head injuries. All four victims were treated at the scene of the crash and transported to a nearby hospital. According to the report, the driver responsible for the crash will face a careless driving citation.
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The Princeton bus accident lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein were shocked by the severity of a recent bus crash that involved a bus driver and 23 passengers being injured after a casino bus crashed into the center median. According to The Associated Press, the bus accident occurred on Interstate 95 in New Rochelle. Officials say the bus veered out of control, struck the center median, crossed traffic, and slid along the outer barrier before coming to a stop. All 24 occupants were sent to the hospital, but none had serious injuries. Investigators are trying to determine what caused the crash.

In any bus accident case, a number of questions must be answered in order to help determine what caused the crash. Was the bus driver speeding? Did driver fatigue or lack of proper training play a part in the crash? Was the bus properly inspected before the trip? Did a mechanical malfunction or defective auto part contribute to the accident? Were the passengers treated with the utmost level of care following the crash? There are many questions that must be asked following a bus accident.

It is the legal responsibility of a bus company to provide injured passengers with the support and care they need immediately following the crash. Unfortunately, it is common in these cases for bus companies and insurance companies to deny injured victims adequate support for medical bills, lost wages, suffering, and other related damages. A skilled bus accident attorney can help determine liability for the crash and hold the at-fault party accountable for the incident.

Forty children and two adults were injured in a New Jersey accident involving two school buses. According to a news report in The Parsippany Patch, the NJ school bus crash occurred along eastbound Interstate 80 in Parsippany. Officials say one school bus rear-ended the other. The 42 people sent to area hospitals sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The bus driver responsible for the crash has been issued a summons for careless driving.

According to N.J.S.A. 39:4-97, “A person who drives a vehicle carelessly, or without due caution and circumspection, in a manner so as to endanger, or be likely to endanger, a person or property, shall be guilty of careless driving.” Careless drivers may be held accountable for the damages they cause.

There are many questions that must be asked following a school bus accident. Was the bus driver properly trained? Did the school district conduct proper background checks on the driver? Was the bus driver distracted, speeding, reckless, or careless? Did the bus have properly working brakes, tires, and safety devices? Bus drivers, bus owners, and school districts can be held accountable for losses such as medical bills, lost wages, suffering, and other related damages. Bus companies that fail to provide the utmost level of care to their passengers should be held responsible for their actions.

NJ Fatal Bus CrashThe National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has officially released information regarding the fatal bus accident that claimed 15 lives last year. According to a report by The Associated Press, the fatal tour bus accident, which occurred on March 12, 2011 on the Interstate 85 in New York, was caused by a drowsy bus driver, the investigation has determined. The bus was traveling at 78 miles per hour in a 50-mph zone when it went off the roadway and toppled onto its side, resulting in 15 fatalities and 17 injuries.

Officials now say that the bus driver made no attempt to brake or steer the bus back onto the roadway because he was fatigued and had almost no sleep in the days leading up the fatal auto accident. He pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide charges he now faces. Additionally, officials say the bus company failed to monitor the driver’s behavior and provided very little safety regulations.

Under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Hours-of-Service Regulations, commercial drivers who are operating passenger-carrying vehicles may only drive 10 hours after eight consecutive hours off duty. They may not drive after 15 hours of being on duty and they are not allowed to work after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days. These regulations are meant to reduce the likelihood of a driver being fatigued. Companies and drivers that fail to follow these regulations can be held liable for the damages they cause.

Several high school students were injured in a New Jersey car accident involving a collision between a school bus, two cars, and a house. According to The Times of Trenton, the Notre Dame school bus accident occurred at the intersection of Division and Hewitt streets in Trenton. Officials have not released information regarding how the accident occurred, but it appears that one of the vehicles sustained heavy front-end damage and the bus came to a stop against the side of a house. None of the injuries suffered by the students appear to have been serious, but “a handful” of students were taken to a nearby medical center for evaluation.

According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 1,409 fatal school transportation-related accidents between the years 1998 and 2008. During that time, there was an average of 142 fatalities per year. Most of the victims of these crashes were occupants of other vehicles or non-occupants, but approximately eight percent were school transportation vehicle occupants. In fact, an average of 19 school-age children die in school transportation-related traffic crashes each year.

School bus companies, insurance companies, and school districts have a legal obligation to provide fair compensation for the injuries suffered by children in school bus accidents. Unfortunately, it is common for bus companies to deny responsibility for a crash and for the victim’s family to struggle with expensive medical bills and other related damages. In such cases, a skilled bus accident attorney may be needed to protect the family’s best interests.

Four people, including one student, were injured in a New Jersey auto accident involving a Cadillac, a Shelley’s Prime Meats box truck, and a school bus. According to The Courier Post Online, the school bus accident occurred on Irving Avenue west of Nabb Avenue in Deerfield. Officials say the cause of the crash is still under investigation. The bus driver was airlifted to a Camden hospital with lower leg injuries. The student and an aide on the school bus were also hospitalized. The driver of the Cadillac was treated for minor injuries as well. It is not clear if any of the drivers will be cited for the collision.

According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 1,409 fatalities suffered in school transportation-related accidents between the years 1998 and 2008. That means an average of 142 auto accident fatalities occurred each year in school transportation accidents. Approximately 72 percent of the fatally injured victims of school transportation accidents were in other vehicles, 20 percent were other non-occupants such as pedestrians and bicyclists and 8 percent were occupants of the school vehicle.

The family of a child injured in a school bus accident would be well advised to discuss their legal rights with an experienced lawyer. The school district, school bus driver, transportation company, or the other drivers involved may be held liable for the victim’s medical bills and other related damages.