Bus Accidents

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
  • Ameribus
  • 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.
Whether your accident occurred on a public transit line or a privately operated bus line makes a difference in the processing of your case. The timeframe for suing a public entity is much shorter, so you must act much more quickly.
It is crucial to determine which entity you are taking legal action against, because it will significantly impact how your claim is handled. For example, if you are hurt in a NJ Transit bus crash, you have to know that NJT is an arm of the state government, and therefore it has immunity from lawsuits under the New Jersey Tort Claims Act, Title 59. This doesn’t mean you can’t sue, but it does force you to file a Tort Claim Notice within 90 days. This shortens your window of opportunity significantly. This rule doesn’t only apply to crashes. If you suffered a slip and fall at a NJT station, you must file the Notice also.

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.

 

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Our Verdicts & Settlements


  • $5.8 Million Settlement Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers Obtained a $5.8 Million Settlement on Behalf of Injured Client
  • $5.35 Million Settlement Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers Obtained a $5.35 Million Settlement at Trial on Behalf of a Pedestrian Struck by a Tractor Trailer
  • $4.8 Million Settlement Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers Obtained a $4.8 Million Settlement on Behalf of a Woman Injured in a Trucking Accident
  • $2.25 Million Settlement Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers Obtained a $2.25 Million Settlement for an Auto Accident Victim in Bergen County

Meet Our Trial Attorneys


The trial attorneys at Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers have decades of experience with personal injury litigation. We understand the difficulties accident victims experience. Our staff is especially skilled at dealing with medical providers and insurance companies to navigate these claims and allow you to focus on what is truly important - getting back to health.

What Our Clients Are Saying About Us


  • "Best personal injury law firm in New Jersey! My case was not a simple case, but Ed Capozzi and his team took it head on. It was a pleasure to deal with Ed Capozzi and Corey Dietz. All their knowledge and fast response to any questions I had throughout the case made it easier on me. I can’t forget about Mr. Capozzi’s wonderful paralegal. Ella Twardowski was a pleasure to talk to and work with. Everybody was kind and thoughtful. This team of attorneys never made me feel like I was just another case. They make you feel like friends. If you need an personal injury lawyer, give Ed Capozzi and Corey Dietz a call! They won't let you down! Thanks to everyone at Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers! You guys rock!"

    Matt Wislocki
  • "I would never choose another law firm!! Mr. Edward Capozzi and Valentina treated me like family. I was scared to go to court but when I did, he was very aggressive and fought for me. I got so much money for my case!! I can't say it enough, THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!"

    Margarita C.
  • "Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers is a top notch law firm. I worked specifically with Mr. Capozzi, and was very impressed with his knowledge of personal injury law, and his commitment to ensuring I got the result I deserved."

    Stephen Quigg
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