A 9-year-old boy was injured in New Jersey when the school bus in which he was a passenger collided with a Jeep. According to The Star-Ledger, the bus accident occurred on Route 35 in Woodbridge Township. Police believe the crash was caused by a 31-year-old man who turned his Jeep directly in front of the school bus. Of the 10 special education students on the bus, only the 9-year-old boy was injured. The driver of the Jeep has been cited for failing to yield right-of-way to a school bus.
Drivers making a left turn must yield right-of-way to all oncoming traffic. A failure to properly yield right-of-way may result in a serious injury accident. Drivers who violate New Jersey Statute 39:4-115 by failing to yield right-of-way to oncoming vehicles may be held liable for the accidents they cause.
According to the 2009 Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, 13 people were killed in New Jersey bus accidents. During that same year, 1,243 people were injured in New Jersey bus crashes. Bus companies, including school bus operators, have a legal obligation to provide the utmost duty of care to their passengers. This means that by law bus companies must act quickly to provide compensation to anyone injured while riding on one of their buses.
The family of a child injured in a New Jersey school bus accident would be well-advised to speak to a skilled personal injury lawyer to better understand their legal rights and options. The experienced Princeton child injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein have had a successful track record representing injured victims and their families. Call us today at 609-240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.