North Bergen School Bus Accident Injures Multiple People
NORTH BERGEN, NEW JERSEY (December 13, 2021) – Multiple people were injured in a North Bergen school bus accident near the intersection of Bergen Boulevard and Columbia Avenue.
North Bergen police officials are saying that the collision took place around 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday. A car and a school bus were involved in a collision under uncertain circumstances.
The collision caused the school bus to veer onto the sidewalk and hit a light pole. Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help all of the victims.
Neither drugs or alcohol are suspected as being factors in the North Bergen crash.
Liability In New Jersey School Bus Accidents
School buses are among the safest forms of transportation for passengers. But they pose a number of unique hazards for pedestrians and those in smaller vehicles. For example, school buses have a wide turning radius which makes side impact collisions more likely. School buses also have large blind spots. If a bus driver is distracted even for a moment this can lead to a collision. Victims of school bus accidents tend to suffer very serious injuries including:
- Head trauma
- Broken bones
School bus drivers must get a commercial driver’s license and are held to a high standard in terms of safety. Many school bus collisions are due to school bus drivers that fail to check their blind spots when making turns. According to New Jersey Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 39:4-90, the driver of any vehicle intending to turn left shall yield the right of way to any vehicle traveling from the opposite direction that is close enough to pose a hazard. It is important that the proper steps are taken after a bus accident.
- Victims should seek medical care.
- Eyewitnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserved
- An experienced bus accident attorney should be consulted.
Any person that is injured in a school bus accident may be able to seek aid through a bodily injury claim. Buses that can carry 16 or more people must have at least $5,000,000 worth of liability coverage. This can help cover many of the unexpected costs associated with a serious collision. A New York bus accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your options are.
Investigating A New Jersey School Bus Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to all of the victims injured in this collision. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what took place. Was the bus driver speeding prior to the crash? Did they receive adequate training? Could this accident have been prevented? Buses are much more difficult to drive than passenger vehicles. Accidents are nearly always the result of human error.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a bus accident? You may be entitled to financial compensation. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that accident victims get the medical and financial support that they deserve. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.