Legislators in New Jersey have started taking a closer look at jitney buses after a fatal crash in July that killed a baby in a stroller. According to an Associated Press news report, the state’s Assembly Transportation Committee held a hearing in Hoboken to gather testimony and information about how these jitney buses are operated and regulated.
In late July, an eight-month-old girl was killed when a jitney bus veered off the street and struck a light pole. The pole fell on the baby’s stroller and killed her. Police said that the driver of the bus was on the cell phone at the time of the crash. New Jersey officials have called for expanded oversight of these buses after that fatal crash. Legislators are likening these bus drivers’ dangerous practices to “the Wild West.” A jitney bus is a minivan-type vehicle that carries passengers for a much lower fare. Jitney buses transport a number of workers from New Jersey to New York City every day.
There is no question that these buses must be regulated like all other vehicles. Owners of these operations must be held accountable. The vehicles must also be subject to safety checks like regular buses. Without proper regulation, these jitney buses will continue to pose a significant danger to others on the roadway.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a negligent or careless driver, please contact an experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyer who will help protect your legal rights and options. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for losses such as medical expenses, lost wages, permanent injuries, and pain and suffering.