Seventeen people were injured in a New Jersey bus accident involving two trucks that had slowed in traffic. According to a news report in The Star-Ledger, the serious injury bus accident occurred on the New Jersey Turnpike between Exits 9 and 8a in South Brunswick. The collision involved a DC Trails bus carrying 55 passengers from Brooklyn to Washington, D.C. Traffic had slowed down and the tour bus driver was unable to stop in time. The bus driver and two passengers were critically injured in the collision. Injuries suffered by the 14 other victims include broken bones, cuts, bruises and bumps. The 52-year-old bus driver involved in this truck accident had a good safety record, officials say.
According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), 1,001 buses were involved in non-fatal New Jersey accidents in the year 2010. Over half of those accidents – 563 crashes — resulted in injuries.
Any time a passenger is injured in a New Jersey bus accident it is important that the victim gets his or her name in on the police report. Additionally, it is in the best interest of the victim to get all possible information about the bus, the bus company, the bus driver and the bus driver’s insurance company. Remember, both private and public bus companies owe their passengers the utmost duty of care. That includes hiring drivers with good safety records and maintaining their vehicles properly.
The experienced bus accident attorneys in Princeton at Lependorf & Silverstein have years of experience handling New Jersey bus accident cases on behalf of injured victims. We know how to protect the rights of our clients and hold the at-fault party liable for the injuries, damages and losses suffered. Call our offices at 609-240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.