A 60-year-old man was killed and 11 students and their bus driver were injured in a New Jersey accident involving a school bus and a pickup truck. According to a news report in The Asbury Park Press, the fatal bus accident occurred on Fischer Boulevard in Toms River. Officials say the driver of the gray Dodge pickup turned left before being struck by a school bus carrying 34 schoolchildren. The pickup driver was killed in the crash. No one on the bus suffered serious injuries but the bus driver and 11 students were hospitalized for minor injuries. Officials are still investigating the cause of this collision.
According to N.J.S.A. 39:4-90: “If you’re the driver of a vehicle and you intend to make a left turn at an intersection, you must yield the right of way to a vehicle that’s approaching the intersection from the opposite direction if that vehicle is close enough to you so as to constitute an immediate hazard. But after yielding, and after giving a signal, you may make the left turn.” Whenever an accident involves a left turn, it must be determined if the turning driver failed to yield the right-of-way and why the other motorist was unable to avoid the collision.
Victims of these types of tragic accidents require assistance from an experienced attorney. The family of someone killed in a fatal auto accident in New Jersey, for example, may be able to pursue financial compensation for their losses by filing a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party. The family of a child injured in a bus accident may seek financial compensation for their damages as well.
The reputed Princeton bus accident attorneys of Lependorf & Silverstein have a long history of handling fatal bus accidents in New Jersey. We know how to determine liability and how to get the victims and their families the compensation they need. To discuss your case at absolutely no cost, please contact us at (609) 240-0040.