Here in New Jersey, many people of all walks of life depend on NJ Transit buses to get them where they need to go. They also depend on these same buses to not endanger their lives, either as passengers or as pedestrians.
If you traveled only a few miles on some of the more heavily trafficked roads and highways here in New Jersey, there is a very good chance that you would observe the drivers of passenger cars, pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles driving somewhat carelessly around trucks or buses, perhaps darting in front of them or following them very closely.
The stretch of the Garden State Parkway running through Saddle Brook was the scene of a horrific accident earlier this week involving a transit bus and a passenger van.
At least three people were injured in a multi-vehicle collision on Gorge Road in Cliffside Park on Thursday, according to NorthJersey.com. A commercial bus, a BMW and a New Jersey transit bus wrecked early that morning, police told reporters. The commercial van was reportedly from New York, and the BMW sedan was registered to a New Jersey driver.
Auto accidents in northern New Jersey can be traumatic and often involve multiple motor vehicles. When multiple motor vehicles are involved in a collision, the number of potential victims of the car accident increases. When passenger buses are involved in a car accident, the number of possible victims exponentially increases.
To make a civil claim for damages that result from a car accident in New Jersey, the injured person generally has to prove fault by the other party involved in the car accident. This legal theory is typically referred to as negligence and is most commonly proven through the actual collision between the two vehicles involved in the accident. Given this theory, can a car accident happen when the two vehicles involved in the accident do not actually collide?
When a motor vehicle accident happens in New Jersey, the collision has the potential to cause injuries to everyone who is involved in the collision. An accident is magnified when the crash involves a city transit bus that has the capacity to carry multiple passengers.
A school bus driver involved in a recent crash in New Jersey was also accused of being under the influence at the time that the bus accident occurred. Fortunately, no school children were on the bus at the time the accident occurred, but the accident did occur at 1:45 in the afternoon. This same bus driver may have been transporting children later that afternoon. One parent described the situation as frightening. "You put your kids on the bus in the morning and you say goodbye to them, and you think they're in safe hands."
A New Jersey motorist was killed when the vehicle she was driving collided with a North Jersey Coast Line train. Fortunately, no passenger on the train was injured in this accident. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.
We have previously written about a bus accident in Virginia which occurred in late May, leaving four passengers dead and injuring dozens of others. According to authorities, the 37-year-old man was fatigued and fell asleep at the wheel at the time of the wheel.