Bus accidents in the Garden State have made headlines this year. A NJ Transit bus struck a two-story house in Barnegat Township in May after it veered off Route 9. In March, a bus accident on the New Jersey Turnpike killed two people and injured 40 others when the bus went off the road and struck a concrete overpass support. Shortly after the March accident, media reports revealed that Super Luxury Tours, the company who operates the bus, has one of the worst driver safety records in the country. According to the Star-Ledger, Super Luxury Tours’ 16 drivers have been involved in four accidents during the past two years, and the company’s drivers have been cited six times for speeding and three times for failing to obey traffic signals. Additionally, on four occasions Super Luxury drivers proved unable to understand basic commands delivered in English. The New York Times reported that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has repeatedly flagged Super Luxury Tours for the condition of its buses and the qualifications of its drivers. An experienced Atlantic City injury attorney can help victims of New Jersey bus accidents understand their rights and determine whether the driver, company operating the bus or other party might be held legally liable for the accident.
Bus crashes have been an issue not only in New Jersey this year, but also across the Northeastern United States. On August 13, a St. Louis-bound Greyhound bus overturned on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and sent 14 people to the hospital. In May, a bus hit an embankment and flipped over near Richmond, Va., killing four passengers. The driver of that bus was charged with reckless driving after authorities learned he fell asleep at the wheel. A July crash near Junius, N.Y., in which a tractor-trailer struck a bus and caused it to burst into flames, killed the truck driver and injured at least 30 bus passengers. Additionally, a bus accident in New York City in March left 15 people dead, after the bus crashed into a sign pole while on its side, shearing off the bus’s roof.
According to Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, more than 30 people have been killed and more than 300 injured in tour bus crashes so far this year, already surpassing 2010, when there were a total of 30 deaths and 272 injuries associated with the 28 tour bus crashes that year. Federal investigators and safety groups have taken notice of the rise in bus crashes, but heightened concerns alone will not protect passengers. Stricter safety standards and tougher regulations may be in order. In the meantime, passengers injured in bus accidents can contact a qualified Atlantic City injury lawyer to take the first step toward protecting their legal rights.