New Jersey Transit Buses operate state-wide in New Jersey as well as in parts of New York and Pennsylvania. NJT is the largest statewide public transportations system in the US by coverage and third in ridership combining bus, light rail, and rail.
Many people in South Jersey and Philadelphia rely on NJT to get them to work and home every day, and this puts them at risk for an accident.
An NJT bus and a sedan collided on Route 38 early Saturday morning, May 30, 2020, killing three. Police say that an NJT bus was turning left when a sedan crashed into the bus. All three occupants of the sedan, a male and two females, were both declared dead at the scene.
The driver of the bus and a passenger were both taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Police say that it’s uncertain what caused the accident and that it is still under investigation.
Buses are large and heavy compared to most passenger cars giving them a significant advantage. The impact is well-absorbed by the steel structure of the bus thus protecting most of the occupants. However, this doesn’t bode well for the occupants of the smaller passenger cars who often take the brunt of the impact.
How the impact affects those involved is often an issue when trying to determine the scope of the injuries and the damages in a car accident. At the Pearce Law Firm, Personal Injury and Accident Lawyers, P.C., we have experience in handling cases against public transit departments and public bus companies when the negligence of their driver lead to injuries for their clients.
Many victims wonder if it’s even possible to sue the government if they are injured by one of their employees. New Jersey has a law protecting its employees from negligence-based lawsuits. However, the law also allows the victim to sue the government under certain circumstances.
Fortunately for accident victims, one of those circumstances is the negligence of a bus driver when it causes injuries to a victim of a collision. However, the same law creates certain notice requirements and other requirements that need to be met before a claim can be made.
At The Pearce Law Firm, Personal Injury and Accident Lawyers, P.C., we have experience suing public entities like NJT in New Jersey and PennDot in Pennsylvania. We know the laws and the requirements for each state and how to work with the system to get victims the compensation they deserve.
You need to contact an attorney before you do anything, and you need to do it in a hurry. There are deadlines that if not met, can mean that the right to compensation may be forfeited. Don’t try to navigate the minefield on your own, rather leave it to professionals who have the knowledge and experience.
After an accident involving a serious injury, contact a South Jersey Personal Injury Lawyer such as Edith Pearce. Unlike the huge firms with dozens of attorneys and many different attorneys handling different aspects of your case, Edith Pearce is personally involved in every case that we handle. She genuinely cares about her clients and you will not be treated like just another case or file.