Several high school students were injured in a New Jersey car accident involving a collision between a school bus, two cars, and a house. According to The Times of Trenton, the Notre Dame school bus accident occurred at the intersection of Division and Hewitt streets in Trenton. Officials have not released information regarding how the accident occurred, but it appears that one of the vehicles sustained heavy front-end damage and the bus came to a stop against the side of a house. None of the injuries suffered by the students appear to have been serious, but “a handful” of students were taken to a nearby medical center for evaluation.
According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 1,409 fatal school transportation-related accidents between the years 1998 and 2008. During that time, there was an average of 142 fatalities per year. Most of the victims of these crashes were occupants of other vehicles or non-occupants, but approximately eight percent were school transportation vehicle occupants. In fact, an average of 19 school-age children die in school transportation-related traffic crashes each year.
School bus companies, insurance companies, and school districts have a legal obligation to provide fair compensation for the injuries suffered by children in school bus accidents. Unfortunately, it is common for bus companies to deny responsibility for a crash and for the victim’s family to struggle with expensive medical bills and other related damages. In such cases, a skilled bus accident attorney may be needed to protect the family’s best interests.
The experienced New Jersey school bus crash attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long history of handling accidents throughout New Jersey. We know how to hold at-fault parties accountable and how to get fair compensation for our clients. If your child has been hurt in a school bus crash, please call our New Jersey offices today at (609) 240-0040 for a no-cost consultation.