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At Least Eight New Jersey School Bus Accidents Reported So Far This Year

At least eight accidents involving school buses have already been reported in New Jersey this year.

In Vineland, seventeen people were hospitalized after a collision between a school bus and a Ford Crown Victoria.

In Galloway Township, eighteen elementary school students suffered minor injuries when a 1997 Ford Explorer hit a school bus as the bus was turning left at an intersection.

Also in Galloway Township, a Toms River man was killed in a collision between his pickup truck and a school bus carrying 43 children, when the truck tried to turn left in front of the oncoming bus. The truck's cab was crushed.

And in Chesterfield, a school bus carrying elementary school children collided with a loaded dump truck, killing an 11-year-old triplet who was the daughter of a state trooper and injuring several other children, including the girl's two sisters.

New Jersey law requires seat belts in all school buses and relieves bus owners and operators from liability if a child fails to wear a seat belt and if that failure leads to an injury.

However, if a school bus seatbelt malfunctions and that malfunction leads to an injury or death, the seatbelt manufacturer may be liable under a theory of negligence or product liability.

New Jersey parents can help protect their children by reminding them that it's just as important to wear a seatbelt in a school bus as it is in the family car. Older children should be reminded to check that younger children have buckled up.

In the event of a serious school bus accident, following are some of the potential defendants in an action for negligence:

  • the school bus driver
  • other drivers involved in the school bus accident
  • the school bus owner/operator, for failing to properly select or train drivers, or failing to maintain the school bus properly
  • the manufacturer of the school bus
  • the company that maintained the school bus
  • manufacturers of any part of the bus that failed, including tires and seatbelts
  • a government entity that was responsible for dangerous road conditions at the time of the accident

If your child has been involved in a New Jersey school bus accident, contact an experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Greenberg, Walden & Grossman, LLC.

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