BUS & LIMO ACCIDENTS
Atlantic City is the number one bus transport location in the State. Passengers on a bus put their trust and often their lives in the hands of their bus driver. Unfortunately bus accidents are on the rise and more and more passengers are sustaining serious personal injuries and even death because of bus accidents.
Bus accidents involve issues that are often more complex than standard car accident cases or truck accident cases. The raw power and weight of buses dramatically increases the damage done when a bus is involved in an accident with a car or motorcycle. As a result the personal injuries sustained are by accident victims are often more serious and more likely to result in a fatality.
We have found that the most common causes of bus accidents are:
- Driver Error and Inattention
- Driver Fatigue
- Failure to Check Blind spots
- Unqualified Drivers
- Bus Drivers Driving On Roads Where Buses Are Not Allowed
- Bus Drivers Texting and Talking on Cell Phones
- Bus Drivers Suddenly Accelerating and Decelerating
- Improper and Inadequate Bus Maintenance
- Time Pressure
The first question our clients often ask is who is going to pay my medical bills and what happen if I cannot work. In New Jersey, state law does require that bus companies provide medical expense benefits for their passengers (N.J.S.A. 17:28-1.6.). However, this does not apply to New Jersey Transit or school buses. If you or anyone you live with own a car, your insurance company may provide no fault benefits which includes payments for medical bills and lost wage payments.
When claims involve a New Jersey Transit bus, a notice of claim must be filed within ninety days of the accident. If this form is not filed then the injured passenger may lose their right to file a lawsuit, unless they can get permission from the Court to file a late notice of claim.
If you or a family member has been injured in a bus accident, please fill out our Contact Form or call us at 609-645-1111 to learn more. We would be happy to arrange for a confidential free consultation.