Forty children and two adults were injured in a New Jersey accident involving two school buses. According to a news report in The Parsippany Patch, the NJ school bus crash occurred along eastbound Interstate 80 in Parsippany. Officials say one school bus rear-ended the other. The 42 people sent to area hospitals sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The bus driver responsible for the crash has been issued a summons for careless driving.
According to N.J.S.A. 39:4-97, “A person who drives a vehicle carelessly, or without due caution and circumspection, in a manner so as to endanger, or be likely to endanger, a person or property, shall be guilty of careless driving.” Careless drivers may be held accountable for the damages they cause.
There are many questions that must be asked following a school bus accident. Was the bus driver properly trained? Did the school district conduct proper background checks on the driver? Was the bus driver distracted, speeding, reckless, or careless? Did the bus have properly working brakes, tires, and safety devices? Bus drivers, bus owners, and school districts can be held accountable for losses such as medical bills, lost wages, suffering, and other related damages. Bus companies that fail to provide the utmost level of care to their passengers should be held responsible for their actions.
An experienced bus accident injury attorney in Princeton at Lependorf & Silverstein can protect the rights of young victims and their families. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a bus accident, please call our offices right away at (609) 240-0040 for a free consultation.