Seven children were injured in a New Jersey bus crash after a van ran through a stop sign and crashed into their school bus. According to a news report in The Star-Ledger, the bus accident occurred at the intersection of Groom Street and Neville Street in Perth Amboy. Officials say the 46-year-old male driver of the van ran through a stop sign and struck a school bus carrying 42 elementary school students. All of the students were transported to a medical center as a precaution and seven were treated for minor injuries. Other injured victims of the crash include the 59-year-old school bus driver, the 49-year-old aide, and a 35-year-old passenger in the van. None of their injuries were life-threatening. The driver of the van was cited for failing to stop and for driving carelessly.
It is common for intersection accidents to involve a motorist running through a stop sign or a red light. Under N.J.S.A. 39:4-81, “The driver of every vehicle, the motorman of every street car and every pedestrian shall obey the instructions of any official traffic control device applicable thereto, placed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, unless otherwise directed by a traffic or police officer.”
The family of a child injured in a school bus accident would be well advised to contact an experienced personal injury attorney who will help protect his or her rights. Depending on the cause of the crash, the claim process may involve dealing with the school bus driver, the bus company, the at-fault party’s insurance company, or a number of other potentially-liable parties.
The experienced Princeton child injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein help victims of bus accidents get fair compensation for their medical bills, hospitalization costs, pain and suffering, and other damages. If your child has been hurt in a New Jersey accident, please call (609) 240-0040 to discuss your case at no cost.