Two people were killed, two were critically injured and 40 others sustained injuries in a bus accident on the New Jersey Turnpike, the night of March 14, 2011. According to a UPI news report, the tour bus bound for Chinatown was traveling south on the turnpike when it went off the left side of the road, onto the grassy median, and hit the overpass support. The bus driver and a 20-year-old passenger were killed. Two other passengers were taken to local hospitals in critical condition. This bus crash occurred two days after a casino bus, also headed to Chinatown, crashed on the Interstate 95 in the Bronx resulting in the deaths of 15 people.
Bus accidents in New Jersey could occur for a variety of reasons. In any tour bus accident, several questions arise. Did the bus driver suffer a medical condition? Was the driver fatigued or asleep at the wheel? Did auto defects or mechanical malfunctions play a part? In any serious bus accident, investigations can take weeks or months to get completed. It could be several months before investigators even determine the cause of the crash.
However, it would not be in the best interests of the injured victims of a bus crash or the families of deceased victims of a bus crash to wait that long to file a claim. Mass carriers, whether they are public or private, have an obligation to provide their passengers the “utmost duty of care.” What this means is that bus companies are responsible for the safe transport of their passengers. If the accident is the result of driver negligence or poor vehicle maintenance, the bus company can be held liable for injuries, damages and losses.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a New Jersey bus accident, please contact the experienced New Jersey bus crash lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein, who will remain on your side through the complex legal process, fight for your rights and ensure that you are fairly compensated for your losses. Call us today at 609-240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.