A 15-year-old boy was seriously injured in a New Jersey pedestrian accident involving a school bus. According to a news report in The Jersey Journal, the bus accident occurred on Macopin Road near Bubbling Springs Park in West Milford. The boy suffered severe injuries in the pedestrian accident and the driver of the school bus was hospitalized for chest pains. It does not appear that any of the 30 students on the bus were hurt in the crash. Officials are looking into what caused this serious injury collision.
In the year 2002, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted an 11-year report on school bus accidents throughout the United States. During that period, there were more than 26,000 crashes resulting in less than 1,000 incapacitating injuries and over 7,000 non-incapacitating injuries.
Bus drivers have the difficult task of driving safely while having to deal with a bus full of students. While it is not common for passengers to suffer injuries, it only takes a moment of distracted driving on the part of a school bus driver for a pedestrian, bicyclist, or other motorist to suffer a serious injury.
Victims of bus accidents may seek financial compensation for their damages and losses through civil litigation. A personal injury claim can hold an at-fault driver accountable for losses like medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. In most cases, the bus driver’s employer – a bus company or school district – may also be held liable.
The knowledgeable New Jersey bus crash lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long and successful track record of protecting young injured victims and their families. If you would like to discuss your particular situation or potential claim, call us directly at 609-240-0040 to schedule your free consultation.