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Crash between 2 buses causes serious injuries in New Jersey

Whether you're a student or a commuter, if you take mass transportation to school or work every day, you do so with the assumption that you'll reach your destination safely and without incident. You can only hope that your bus driver or train operator has been properly trained and has experience transporting large amounts of passengers, no matter what traffic and road conditions are like.

Of course, drivers are human, just like their passengers, and prone to making mistakes. You may not expect an accident to happen, but if it does, you have the right to ensure that any injuries you suffer are covered financially by the transit company. That's the likely course of action for a group of passengers who were injured while commuting to work in New Jersey today.

According to police, an Academy bus was traveling behind a school bus that had just embarked on its route to pick up students in Old Bridge. Suddenly the commuter bus hit the school bus from behind, causing it to roll over and hit a generator and a pumping station off Route 9. There were no students on board yet, just the driver and a teacher's aide, who suffered only a minor cut, fortunately. But the mayhem didn't end there. The Academy bus continued another 50 yards before crashing head-on into a tree.

The driver of the commuter bus was the most seriously injured; the windshield collapsed and pinned him inside, and he had to be extricated before being rushed to a hospital. But one of the passengers, a 31-year-old woman, was also critically injured and sent to a hospital. Other passengers suffered moderate injuries and were taken to various medical centers for treatment.

The chaos caused by a crash like this can be overwhelming and deeply upsetting for drivers and passengers. Even though many of the injuries were fairly minor, any visit to a hospital comes with a cost, and it will be up to the passengers to see that those costs are covered by the bus company. For those with extensive injuries or complicated crash circumstances, a consultation with a personal injury attorney can make the process of compensation faster and easier than handling the case alone.

Source: NJ.com, "More than a dozen passengers injured in Old Bridge bus crash," Seth Augenstein, Jan. 10, 2013

  • Our firm handles situations similar to the one described in this post. To learn more about our practice, please visit our Newark, New Jersey, car accident page.

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