On February 16, an 11-year-old girl was killed and 17 others were injured in a tragic Chesterfield school bus accident. According to a March 14 news report in The Times of Trenton, the 66-year-old male driver of the school bus has been issued a summons for failure to stop and yield. Officials say criminal charges may be pending as well.
The fatal bus accident occurred at the intersection of Route 528 and Old York Road in Chesterfield between the school bus and a dump truck. The dump truck driver was also cited for failing to cover his load and failing to properly secure the load. In addition, the dump truck’s owner faces four summonses for exceeding allowable weight limits and brake issues. According to the report, many of the children who were on the bus are still suffering from anxiety in addition to their physical injuries. The school is actively working with counselors to help the children and their families get the support they need during this difficult time.
The family of a deceased New Jersey bus accident should discuss their rights with an experienced personal injury attorney. The investigation of such cases can take time and a skilled lawyer will help stay abreast of the investigation while protecting the rights of the victims and their families. In cases involving negligence or wrongdoing, the at-fault bus driver and his or her employer can be held liable for the injuries, damages, and losses caused.
The bus crash lawyers in Princeton at Lependorf & Silverstein offer their condolences to everyone who has been affected by this tragic accident. If you or a loved one would like to discuss your legal options following a fatal crash, please call our offices at (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.