Did you know that approximately 63,000 bus accidents occur each year in the United States?
Bus accidents happen for a number of reasons including driver error, defective auto parts, tire blowouts, or the negligence or recklessness of others on the road. Because many buses offer very little protection for passengers (seat belts, airbags), accidents can lead to devastating injuries.
This is especially true for children on school buses, who are smaller and can be thrown violently in collisions. Each year, an estimated 4,000 people are injured and 325 people are killed in accidents involving school buses, charter buses and motor coaches.
If a transportation provider, including a school district, hires a driver who is negligent or reckless, and it leads to an accident, victims and their family members may be able to file a lawsuit seeking damages. Remember, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and other catastrophic damage can lead to a long-term rehabilitation for victims, which can be extremely costly.
If you or your loved one is injured in an Atlantic City bus accident, speak to attorneys about your legal rights. Our experts can investigate the crash to determine fault and potentially hold the responsible party liable.
Stafford Township Bus Driver Continues to Drive Following Crash
The Press of Atlantic City recently reported that a bus driver for the Southern Regional School District has resumed driving following a crash that left two students injured.
According to the newspaper, the driver was relieved of her duties following the May accident, but returned shortly later. The driver was reportedly attempting to turn from Hilliard Boulevard onto East Bay when she struck a pickup truck. After the crash, one student complained of back pain and another student complained of neck pain—both had to be transported to a hospital for treatment. There were 14 students on the bus at the time of the crash.
The driver has been employed by the district for eight years. As of last week, tickets and citations had not yet been issued in connection to the crash. The bus driver was allegedly tested for substance abuse following the accident, which returned negative results before she was allowed to drive again.
Contacting an Attorney Following a Bus Accident
Local bus accident investigations can take a while to complete. When this process is ongoing, if you have been harmed, speak to our attorneys. We can begin the process of obtaining witness statements and other forms of evidence for a potential case.
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Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. – Atlantic City Accident Attorneys