A local police investigation has determined that an uneven roadway was a contributing factor in a bus accident in Ocean County that resulted in two people being injured. According to The Press of Atlantic City, the bus crash occurred on May 17, 2011, on Route 9 in Ocean County. The tires of the bus slipped off the pavement, causing the vehicle to strike a utility pole and crash into a home. Two people were hospitalized with injuries following the New Jersey bus crash. The New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) has repaved a portion of the roadway near the accident site and they have plans to continue the repairs. The report does not state if this crash will encourage the DOT to take a harder look at many of the dangerous roadways throughout New Jersey.
When the quality or design of the roadway is a contributing factor in a bus accident in New Jersey, the governing body in charge of the design and upkeep of the roadway may be held liable for any accidents that result. Common examples of dangerous roadway conditions include loose gravel, large potholes, uneven surfaces, and hazardous curves and slopes.
Holding the government liable for damages suffered in a bus collision is not easy. Injured victims would be well-advised to seek legal guidance from a knowledgeable attorney. With skilled representation, an injured victim may pursue financial compensation for losses such as medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. In many cases, civil lawsuits have forced governmental agencies to make roadways safer to prevent future accidents.
The experienced bus accident lawyers in Princeton at Lependorf & Silverstein know how to determine liability for a bus crash in New Jersey. We have a successful track record of securing fair compensation for our injured clients in cases that involve public entities. Call our law offices at 609-240-0040 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.