New Jersey Bus Accident Attorney

New Jersey Bus Accident

Every day, New Jersey residents ride the bus to school, work, or just to get to and from where they need to be at any given moment. In fact, buses are the only transportation available to many residents in New Jersey. From school and public transit buses to charter and tour buses, many buses traverse New Jersey’s roadways daily, and, as a result, bus accidents will always be inevitable. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 500 individuals are killed annually in bus crashes across the country, with hundreds more injured every day.

Bus accidents are often quite severe and can be particularly tragic not only because of the potential for injury among bus passengers but for the injuries they can cause motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists. If you or someone you love was injured in a New Jersey bus accident or a family member was killed in a bus crash, a personal injury lawyer can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

Bus Accidents in New Jersey: Common Causes

At Beninato & Matrafajlo, our team of New Jersey personal injury lawyers has handled countless bus accident injury claims.
New Jersey bus accidents are commonly caused by the following:

  • Improper maintenance
  • Driver negligence or careless operation
  • Inadequate driver training
  • Speeding
  • Driver fatigue
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Defective or faulty equipment, including faulty tires or brakes
  • Hazardous road conditions
  • Bad weather
  • Inadequate or improper seat belt use
  • Failure to wait for passengers to sit before driving
  • Failure to yield to other vehicles or pedestrians

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, most New Jersey bus accidents are often caused by driver error.

Other causes of bus accidents in New Jersey include the following:

  • Pedestrians or bicycles in the bus lane
  • Improper lane changes or the bus being run off the road
  • Other vehicles stopped in the bus lane

Common Injuries Associated with New Jersey Bus Accidents

Since passengers on a bus are typically not restrained by seatbelts, there’s a greater risk of severe injury in a New Jersey bus accident.
Some of the most common injuries associated with New Jersey bus accidents include:

  • Bone fractures
  • Tendon or ligament tears
  • Bruising
  • Lacerations
  • Burns
  • Head, neck, and back injuries
  • Skull fractures
  • Concussions

New Jersey Bus Accident Compensation

Injuries sustained as the result of a bus accident might cause immediate or long-lasting injuries. New Jersey bus accident victims often face medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. More serious, catastrophic injuries can be life-altering, impacting the victim’s earning potential and overall quality of life. In some cases, bus accidents can result in death.
When it comes to New Jersey bus accidents, most pedestrians and passengers are not at fault and are typically entitled to compensation related to their injuries.

A New Jersey personal injury claim related to a bus accident may include the following:

  • Past and future medical and physical therapy costs
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Physical and emotional pain or suffering
  • Quality of life deterioration
  • Long-term care expenses, including the need for home or
  • Vehicle modifications
  • Property loss
  • Loss of consortium
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Wrongful death compensation

When to Hire a New Jersey Bus Accident Attorney

If you or someone you love was injured in a New Jersey bus accident, either as a passenger, bus driver, pedestrian, bike rider, or driver of another vehicle, you might be entitled to compensation.

The team of New Jersey bus accident experts at Beninato & Matrafajlo has the experience and knowledge necessary to protect your legal rights. If your accident claim involves New Jersey Transit or some other public agency, there may be a small window to file your claim. Time is also of the essence in school bus accidents involving private bus companies and public school districts. So, don’t delay. Contact the New Jersey bus accident expert Dan T. Matrafajlo today at (908) 355-7100 to schedule your free consultation.

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