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New Jersey Woman Hurt in Bus Accident Wins $7.85 Million Settlement

A New Jersey woman who was seriously injured in a 2008 bus accident in Patterson, New Jersey has received a $7.85 million settlement.

Mercedes Perez, age 59, suffered from brain damage and had her left leg and right foot amputated after she was run over by a New Jersey Transit bus.

A newly hired bus driver hit Ms. Perez while she was in the middle of a crosswalk. The bus ran over her legs and her head hit the ground, knocking her unconscious and fracturing her cheekbone. She was in intensive care for several weeks, on a ventilator for 18 days, and contracted sepsis (blood poisoning). She is now bedridden and unable to talk, and is being fed via a tube.

Several other New Jersey bus accidents made headlines in 2011.

In August, a packed tour bus collided with two trucks that had slowed down for traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike. Three people were critically injured and fourteen others suffered broken bones, bumps, and cuts and bruises. The accident caused a seven-mile backup on the Turnpike.

In March, a privately owned tour bus traveling from New York's Chinatown to Philadelphia collided with a guardrail and concrete embankment on the Turnpike. Two people died, including the driver, and 40 others were injured.

That crash happened just days after another private tour bus, on its way back to Chinatown from a Connecticut casino, crashed on Interstate 95 in New York, killing 15 people.

Bus accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, including mechanical failures, poor driver training, hazardous weather and road conditions, and driver fatigue. Even bus drivers and bus lines with good safety records can have accidents, but traveling on buses with poor safety records can be especially hazardous.

Passengers can check a bus line's safety record on a website maintained by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

If you or a family member were involved in a bus accident, contact a New Jersey bus accident attorney at the Law Offices of Greenberg, Walden & Grossman, LLC.

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