According to a news report from NJ.com, a driver of a minivan was killed this morning in an accident with a Vernon school bus. The crash occurred shortly before 9 a.m. in the Highland Lakes section of town on Route 638, near Old Homestead Road. The school bus was en route to Rolling Hills Primary School with 37 children. The children aboard the bus were students in second, third, and fourth grades. The New Jersey bus accident is believed to have been caused because the minivan crossed lanes.
All student injuries were reported as minor, according to a statement by district Superintendent John Alfieri. Twenty-one of the children were taken to local hospitals to be checked. The other 16 were released to their parents/guardians at the scene of the New Jersey bus crash. Alfieri said counselors will be made available at Rolling Hills Primary School for children or families requiring assistance. The bus driver was not injured.
In 2005, there were over 40,000 auto accident related deaths in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). That same year, over 6 million motor vehicle accidents were reported to law enforcement, with approximately 2.7 million injuries sustained in those crashes. In New Jersey, there were 722 fatal car accidents in 2006.
Although bus accidents do not occur as frequently as other types of motor vehicle collisions, these crashes can place bus passengers at more risk of serious injury and death due to a lack of seat belts and air bags.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a New Jersey bus accident, particularly if you believe the accident was caused by the negligence of another, you have the legal right to hold the responsible party liable. You could receive compensation for costly medical expenses, hospital bills, funeral costs, car repairs, pain and suffering, and more.
The skilled New Jersey bus crash attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein will ensure you are fairly compensated and that all negligent persons are held accountable. Our lawyers have extensive experience in dealing with insurance companies and the court system and will work tirelessly on your New Jersey motor vehicle accident case. Call us today for a free consultation at 609-240-0040.