Four people, including one student, were injured in a New Jersey auto accident involving a Cadillac, a Shelley’s Prime Meats box truck, and a school bus. According to The Courier Post Online, the school bus accident occurred on Irving Avenue west of Nabb Avenue in Deerfield. Officials say the cause of the crash is still under investigation. The bus driver was airlifted to a Camden hospital with lower leg injuries. The student and an aide on the school bus were also hospitalized. The driver of the Cadillac was treated for minor injuries as well. It is not clear if any of the drivers will be cited for the collision.
According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 1,409 fatalities suffered in school transportation-related accidents between the years 1998 and 2008. That means an average of 142 auto accident fatalities occurred each year in school transportation accidents. Approximately 72 percent of the fatally injured victims of school transportation accidents were in other vehicles, 20 percent were other non-occupants such as pedestrians and bicyclists and 8 percent were occupants of the school vehicle.
The family of a child injured in a school bus accident would be well advised to discuss their legal rights with an experienced lawyer. The school district, school bus driver, transportation company, or the other drivers involved may be held liable for the victim’s medical bills and other related damages.
The experienced New Jersey school bus accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein know how to get fair compensation for victims and hold the at-fault parties accountable. If your child has been injured in an auto accident, please call our offices today at (609) 240-0040 for a free consultation.