A 21-year-old Saddle Brook Township woman suffered critical injuries after she was struck by a school bus and her legs got caught in one of the bus’ rear wheel wells. According to this news report, the woman was crossing Nedellec Drive when she was struck by the school bus. She was removed from under the bus and taken to an area hospital where she was in critical condition. The school bus was reportedly transporting three students. None of the students was injured. The bus was operated by Atlantic Express of Jersey City, the news report said.
If a bus accident in New Jersey occurs because of the bus driver’s negligence, the driver and his employer could be held liable for the accident and the injuries caused as a result. When pedestrians are struck by buses, it often results in catastrophic injuries or death because of the sheer size of the large vehicle that is striking the individual.
Bus versus pedestrian accidents may occur because of the pedestrian’s fault. But these accidents also often happen because the bus driver is not paying attention to pedestrians or bicycles crossing the street. These types of accidents may also occur because the bus driver is careless, distracted or because he or she is under the influence of alcohol.
If the bus driver’s negligence is proven, then he or she will be held liable along with the employer, the bus company. The victim will be entitled to compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering. In cases where the victim is deceased, his or her family members may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim.
If you have been injured in a New Jersey bus accident as a passenger, motorist or pedestrian, please call 609-240-0040 for a free consultation and case evaluation with an experienced NJ bus accident attorney at Lependorf & Silverstein.