Angela Montes Injured In Pennsauken School Bus Accident While Picking Up Her Daughter Near The Intersection of East Springfield Road and River Road
CAMDEN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY (September 18, 2021) – A woman identified as Angela Montes was seriously injured in a school bus crash by the intersection of East Springfield Road and River Road.
Pennsauken police officials are saying that the collision took place around 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 15th. Angela Montes was picking up her daughter from a school bus. Curiously, the driver of the school bus stopped in the middle of the intersection after making a partial left turn.
Children began pouring out of the school bus and Angela Montes walked over to her daughter. At the same time a car failed to yield to the school bus and struck the unsuspecting mother and child.
The child was knocked to the ground and Angela Montes sustained serious injuries to her leg. She was later taken to the hospital in order to receive treatment.
Miguel Montes set up a fundraiser for his wife as she continues to recover. He told news reporters, “This is a dangerous intersection, a lot of things happen here.”
Police later arrested the 39-year-old driver that struck the victims on suspicion of being impaired by a controlled dangerous substance (CDS).
Liability In Pennsauken School Bus Accidents
School buses are among the safest forms of transportation for children. But they also pose a number of unique hazards to pedestrians and passenger vehicles. According to the NHTSA, “loading and unloading is the most dangerous time for a school bus driver and for students.” The vast majority of school bus accidents occur during loading and unloading. The NHTSA lists a number of steps that school bus drivers should take during the loading and unloading of children.
- Bus drivers should stay on the right side of the roadway when loading and unloading.
- Bus drivers should not block all traffic.
- Bus drivers should not stop within an intersection or within 30 feet of any flashing beacon, stop sign or traffic light.
- Bus drivers should stay in the traffic lane instead of the shoulder when loading and unloading.
Like all commercial drivers, school bus drivers must get a commercial driver’s license. They also need special training about how to operate their bus safely. When a school bus driver fails to follow federal or local regulations they put the lives of pedestrians, school children and other drivers at risk. Moreover, they could be found potentially liable for any accident if laws or regulations were broken.
Liability for a school bus collision could also flow to the company or municipality that owned the school bus. As a general rule, companies and municipal entities in New Jersey are vicariously liable for the wrongful acts of their employees. However, the employee must have been working within the course and scope of their job duties. Depending on the specific facts of any case, there could be numerous sources of liability for a Pennsauken school bus accident.
If a driver in New Jersey is impaired and causes an accident they can be held accountable through a criminal claim. According to NJ Rev Stat § 39:4-50, “a person who operates a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, narcotic, hallucinogenic or habit-producing drug, or operates a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or more by weight of alcohol” is breaking the law. In addition to a criminal claim any victim may be able to seek compensation through a bodily injury claim. Victims of DWI accidents tend to suffer serious injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Leg injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head injuries
The FMCSA requires buses that can carry 16 or more people to carry at least $5,000,000 worth of liability coverage. Any person that is injured in a school bus accident may be able to access these insurance policies through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Sadly, school districts will often fight extremely hard to deny any responsibility for an accident. A New Jersey school bus accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Camden County School Bus Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to Angela Montes and her daughter as they recover. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to Pennsauken police officials. Accountability is desperately needed after this collision.
This collision also raises a number of crucial safety concerns. Why did this school bus driver stop to unload in the middle of the intersection? This is not recommended by the NHTSA and could put children at risk. Had the school bus driver not stopped in the middle of the intersection this accident may have been prevented. It is our sincere hope that there is a thorough investigation and that steps are taken to prevent additional tragedies.