New Jersey Bus Accident Attorneys
Were you injured in a bus accident in New Jersey? Contact the injury attorneys at Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers today to speak with a qualified attorney.
Buses are large vehicles designed to transport groups of people, so any accident involving a bus has the potential to include multiple injury claims. Bus accident injury claims can be incredibly complicated because there are often multiple parties held liable.
When it comes to buses, many people think of a bright yellow school bus, but a variety of other motorcoaches and commercial buses can be involved in serious accidents on roadways in New Jersey. Not all bus accident injury claims involve other motor vehicles – people can also be hurt through other kinds of negligence.
If you suffered serious injuries, or your loved one was killed, in a New Jersey bus accident, you should not hesitate to find legal representation. Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers has a record of success that includes more than $227 million recovered for our clients.
We achieved a $915,000 settlement for a client who suffered a fractured arm in a New Jersey Transit bus collision, and recovered another $915,000 for a client who received arm and knee injuries when a New Jersey Transit bus struck her vehicle. We can answer all of your legal questions when you call us at (973) 364-8300, or contact us online, for a free consultation.
Do I Need A Bus Accident Lawyer?
You do not want to be dealing on your own with any insurance companies representing a bus company. Insurers will go out of their way to seem like they are your allies in obtaining maximum compensation for your injuries. But remember that insurance companies always try to pay the least they possibly can.
Insurance agents will attempt to lull people into a false sense of security simply to get them to open up and speak more freely about their accidents. The inherent danger is that a person might unknowingly admit to something that makes them seem negligent. Insurance companies engage in a number of tactics that allow them to deny injury claims, but an experienced attorney will recognize these tricks, and know how to combat them.
More importantly, New Jersey bus accident lawyers maintain an obligation to pursue only their client’s best interests, and will be committed to making sure that you achieve fair and full compensation for your injury case.
When you hire a lawyer, they will conduct their own investigation to determine cause, collect evidence, and identify liable parties before calculating a likely value for your case. Your attorney will attempt to achieve a proper resolution through a settlement, or file a lawsuit if and when such an action becomes necessary.
Why Choose Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers To Handle My Bus Accident Case?
Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers has decades of experience with personal injury litigation. We have been ranked a Top 40 Law Firm by the New Jersey Law Journal.
Edward P. Capozzi secured at least one – and sometimes as many as three – of the state’s top 20 verdicts or settlements every single year from 2012 until 2018. He received the President’s Award from the New Jersey Association for Justice in 2015, and the Personal Injury Hall of Fame Award from the New Jersey Law Journal in 2014.
Keith J. Roberts maintains membership in the Bergen County Bar Association, the New Jersey chapter of the American Trial Lawyers Association, and the Health and Hospital Law Section of the New Jersey Bar Association. He is one of a select few attorneys to serve on the New Jersey Insurance Commissioner’s Technical Advisory Committee on PIP (PIPTAC).
Charles X. Gormally has been licensed in New Jersey since 1979, and in New York since 1990. In 2011 and 2012, he proudly served as the mayor of Mountain Lakes, New Jersey.
Types of Bus Accident Cases We Handle
New Jersey Transit is the largest operator of commuter bus lines in New Jersey. Various counties, municipalities and school districts also operate bus services. The largest private and charter bus companies in the state include:
- Academy Bus
- Atlantic City Jitney Association
- Coach USA
- Greyhound Lines
- Martz Trailways
- Susquehanna Trails
Some of the most common causes of bus accidents include:
- Multiple-vehicle accidents. Buses are large vehicles, so the potential exists for accidents to involve other vehicles besides the one at the primary point of impact.
- Single-vehicle accidents. Some buses crash without other vehicles involved – possibly because of driver negligence, such as unsafe speeds on more dangerous roadways.
- Bicycle accidents. Buses may strike nearby bicyclists, causing devastating injuries.
- Left-turn crashes. Some bus drivers perform left turns after misjudging the speed or distance of oncoming vehicles.
- Pedestrian accidents. People on foot can be involved in bus accidents.
- Distracted driving accidents. Bus drivers are expected to pay attention at all times to avoid accidents, but some may be distracted by their phones, passengers, or other common distractions.
- Head-on collisions. Usually the result of a driver attempting to illegally pass someone, head-on crashes are rare, but especially severe.
- Rollover accidents. These are common because the basic design of most buses makes them prone to such accidents during wide turns or loss of control.
- Intersection accidents. The large size of buses does not allow the same leeway as smaller passenger vehicles, and failure to account for size dynamics can lead to collisions when bus drivers operate approach intersections recklessly.
- Rear-end collisions. Buses, due to their size, require increased stopping distances. Other vehicles on the road are at a heightened risk of being rear-ended by buses that are unable to come to sudden stops.
- T-bone accidents. A bus that strikes the side of a motor vehicle could cause severe injuries for the passengers on that side of the vehicle.
- Impaired driving accidents. Just like any other driver, bus operators cannot legally drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A commercial drivers’ license (CDL) holder has a far lower blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit, at just 0.04, or half the legal limit for all other drivers.
- Driver fatigue. Bus drivers sometimes work grueling hours and are simply subject to a deep level of exhaustion, leading to catastrophic effects for others if the driver happens to fall asleep at the wheel.
Bus Accident Statistics
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), school bus-related crashes killed 95 people in the United States in 2017. Occupants of vehicles other than school buses accounted for 70% of the deaths in school bus-related crashes between 2008 and 2017.
The other deaths broke down as follows:
- Pedestrians, 17%
- School bus passengers, 6%
- School bus drivers, 4%
- Bicyclists, 3%
Fifty percent of injuries were received by occupants of other vehicles, with 35% by school bus passengers, 8% by school bus drivers, and the remainder by pedestrians, bicyclists, or others.
The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute’s 2010 study “Type of Motor Carrier and Driver History in Fatal Bus Crashes” found, on average, that approximately 63,000 buses are involved in accidents each year. Of these, about 14,000 result in injuries, with 325 leading to fatalities. On average, 50 passengers (including the driver) are killed in a given year.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published a 2011 study entitled “Report on Curbside Motorcoach Safety,” which found that of the 241 million trips that took place across all charter and tour buses in 2009, the bus occupant fatality rate was 45 deaths per 100,000 accidents, compared with 251 deaths for passenger car occupants.
Contact a Bus Accident Attorney in New Jersey
Did you sustain severe injuries, or was your loved one killed, in a bus accident in New Jersey? You will want to be sure that you contact Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers as soon as you are able. Our firm will make sure that every negligent party in your case is held fully accountable. Call (973) 364-8300, or contact us online, to schedule a free consultation.