Transit Bus Accident

Kearny New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers Recover Compensation for Bus Accident Victims

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Public transportation is often considered a safe choice for travel in the United States. And, while riding a bus is statistically much safer than riding in a car, no method of transportation is one hundred percent safe. In 2014, approximately 69,000 bus accidents occurred on U.S. roadways. Experiencing a bus accident is traumatic and injuries suffered may be severe. The experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyers at Brady Brady & Reilly LLC in Kearny successfully represent bus accident victims, recovering just compensation for damages.

More passengers means more injuries in NJ

Because buses can seat a larger number of passengers than a car, more passengers may be harmed in one accident. Factors that contribute to car accidents also contribute to bus accidents, including increased traffic, driver error, distractions and equipment malfunction.

School bus safety

School buses are considered one of the safest modes of transportation in the United States. Approximately 23.5 million children are transported to and from school and school-related activities each year via public school buses. Studies show that, overall, traveling in a school bus is 40 times safer than traveling in a car. New Jersey is one of only six states requiring that seat belts be installed in school buses. School buses are designed differently and utilize a different safety restraint system, a concept called “compartmentalization”. With this method, seats on school buses are placed close together and feature padded, high backs that provide protection. Small school buses – which are similar to passenger cars and trucks in terms of size and weight — are required to be equipped with lap and/or lap/shoulder belts at all designated seating positions.

Highway and city bus safety in NJ

High backed, padded seats and sitting in an elevated position adds to the safety of highway buses, as the impact location with an automobile would occur beneath the seats. This is not the case with city buses. In city buses, seats that are situated parallel to the side of the buses do not have the protection of seats in front of them to absorb impact. In addition, the growing trend of purchasing low-floor buses – which enables elderly and disabled passengers to more easily board and exit the bus – means that in an accident, the other vehicle may end up in the low seating area.

Compensation for injuries

If you have been injured in bus accident, you may be wondering what kind of compensation you might receive. One of the first steps is to file an insurance claim with the insurance company that covers the both vehicle involved in the accident and transportation company. Individual circumstances vary but, generally speaking, compensation may include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of income
  • Future lost income

Certain injuries may require assistance for mobility and day-to-day living, physical rehabilitation, live-in care, or alterations to the home living arrangement. Costs associated with these and other medical treatments may be compensable.

Dedicated Kearny New Jersey injury attorneys help bus accident victims

Since 1965, the injury lawyers at Brady, Brady & Reilly LLC have counseled accident victims throughout New Jersey. Experienced and knowledgeable, our team successfully recovers just compensation for your injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a bus accident, contact our office today to schedule a free consultation at (201) 997-0030 or online . We offer daytime and evening appointments in our Kearny, NJ office as well as in-house appointments. Se habla español · Falamos português