At least 19 people were injured in a bus accident recently after a bus carrying 28 passengers that was on its way to Trenton crashed. According to a news report in The Star-Ledger, the accident occurred on Route 81 in Upstate New York. The bus was traveling through a rainstorm when it went out of control, rolled down a grass embankment, and overturned. It does not appear that any of the injuries suffered by victims were life-threatening. Officials say the 30-year-old male bus driver was driving at an unsafe rate of speed at the time of the accident.
New Jersey Statute 39:4-98 states: “The driver of every vehicle shall…drive at an appropriate reduced speed when approaching and crossing an intersection or railway grade crossing, when approaching and going around a curve, when approaching a hill crest, when traveling upon any narrow or winding roadway, and when special hazard exists with respect to pedestrians or other traffic or by reason of weather or highway conditions.” This means that motorists must adjust their speed to weather, traffic, and roadway conditions.
When the speeding motorist is a bus driver, there are many people who may suffer because of the driver’s negligence. If an accident occurs due to the bus driver’s wrongful actions, then, the passengers can seek compensation from the bus company for their injuries, damages, and losses. In such cases, victims can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, and rehabilitation costs.
There is a limited amount of time that a victim injured in a bus accident in New Jersey can pursue compensation. If you have been injured in a bus crash, please call the law offices of Lependorf & Silverstein right away at 609-240-0040 to find out how our bus accident lawyers in Princeton can help.