In any New Jersey bus accident, there is the potential for an innocent passenger, pedestrian, or occupant of a smaller vehicle to suffer a fatal injury. Passengers are at risk because most buses provide no safety restraints to protect them. Outside of the vehicle, pedestrians and other motorists are at risk because of the sheer size and weight of buses. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal New Jersey bus accident, you may be able to pursue financial compensation for your injuries, damages, and losses.
An important part of any New Jersey wrongful death claim is determining who was responsible for the accident. Was the fatal bus accident the result of driver negligence? Drivers responsible for causing an accident by driving fatigued, distracted, over the speed limit, or under the influence may be held liable for the damages they cause. Did the crash occur because of a defective bus component? In such cases, the manufacturer of the defective part, the bus owner, or the bus mechanic may be held accountable for the crash. Every crash is different and there are many potentially liable parties.
Whenever negligence is a contributing factor in the accident, the at-fault party can be held responsible for the wrongful death of the victim. Potentially at-fault parties include the bus driver, the bus company, the bus maintenance firm, the bus parts supplier, the other driver involved in the crash, or even the government or public entity responsible for maintaining the roadway where the crash occurred.
The New Jersey bus accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein help the families of fatally injured bus accident victims get fair compensation for their losses. If you have lost a loved one as the result of a bus accident, please contact us at (609) 240-0040 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.