In the early morning of Friday, May 17, a shuttle bus transporting airport workers collided with a concrete barrier. According to a report from NorthJersey.com, the accident happened as “[t]he bus was approaching the second level of Terminal B at Newark Liberty International Airport.” A spokesperson for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said that 19 injured airport employees “were taken to either Trinitas or University hospitals.” The crash occurred around 5:30 a.m. and traffic was impaired until 9 a.m.
Although the Port Authority originally reported that the crash involved two buses, preliminary indications strongly suggest the driver of the shuttle was at fault. The unidentified driver received two summonses for reckless driving, failure to maintain lane and “for failing to use due caution,” according to the spokesperson.
Although the report called the injuries “non-life-threatening,” no other information was given. However, shuttle and bus accidents, even at moderate speeds, can cause serious injuries that include concussions, whiplash, and broken bones. Left untreated, such injuries can quickly become life-threatening. In many cases, the pain is substantial, and the recovery period is lengthy. Moreover, such injuries are deceptive: adrenaline that kicks in after the accident can mask pain, so a victim may not even know he or she has suffered a serious injury. However, over the subsequent hours and days, symptoms of debilitating pain often arise.
If you were injured in this Newark airport bus accident and got emergency care, it’s important to get a follow-up examination. This will help doctors determine if they missed anything during your ER visit. It’s also important for preserving your legal rights. You have the right to recover for your medical bills, lost income, and your pain and suffering. But to do so, you must have a well-documented record of your injuries.
If you were on the bus but initially declined care, and have developed symptoms of pain, it is not too late to seek medical and legal assistance.
Brach Eichler Injury Lawyers is already working this case for an injured airport employee. If you would like the assistance of a leading New Jersey personal injury law firm, we are ready to help you as well. Our determined assistance in building your case, negotiating a settlement, or taking the case to trial, comes at no up-front cost to you. Call us today at 973-364-8300 and protect your rights to a full recovery.