A 55-seat commuter bus carrying nearly three dozen passengers collided into a school minibus before crashing into a tree in Middlesex County. According to a news report in The Star-Ledger, the bus accident occurred along Route 9 in Old Bridge. Officials say the larger bus rear-ended the minibus, causing the smaller vehicle to overturn and crash into a power supply station.
Nearly all of the 35 people on the commuter bus suffered some form of injury in the crash. The 42-year-old driver had to undergo surgery after suffering soft tissue injuries and multiple bone fractures. The 24-seat school bus was not transporting any children at the time, but the driver and a school aid suffered minor injuries. It is not clear which driver was responsible for this Middlesex County bus accident.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were approximately 11,000 injury crashes and 24,000 persons injured in bus accidents in the year 2008. Large bus accidents often result in devastating injuries, and there have been a number of recent bus crashes in New Jersey. On November 12, 2012, more than a dozen people were injured when two buses collided outside the Lincoln Tunnel in Weehawken. On October 6, 2012, 23 people were hurt when a bus traveling to Brooklyn overturned when exiting a New Jersey highway.
Whenever a bus accident occurs, a careful investigation will be needed to determine liability for the crash. Injured passengers have the right to seek compensation from the bus driver, the bus company, another motorist involved in the crash, or a number of other potentially liable parties. A skilled Princeton bus accident lawyer will be needed to determine who was responsible for the crash and to hold the at-fault party accountable for the victim’s losses.
The personal injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long history of handling bus accident claims. We provide free consultations to anyone who has suffered a loss in a crash at (609) 240-0040.