Two New Jersey Transit buses collided the morning of Aug. 19 in a deadly T-bone crash at a busy downtown intersection in Newark killing one of the bus drivers and injuring 18 others, some of them critically. According to an NBC New York news report, the fatal bus accident occurred at the intersection of Raymond Boulevard and Broad Street when the driver of the number 59 bus from Dunellen to Newark apparently broadsided the number 13 bus from Irvington to Clifton while it was heading west on Raymond Boulevard.
The driver of the 59 bus, who was the only person on board that vehicle died. On the other bus, 17 passengers and its driver were transported to area hospitals with varying injuries. Some of the injured were reported to be in critical condition. NJ Transit officials said all those who were injured are expected to survive. Video footage shows one bus smashed into the other crumpling “the vehicle like an accordion.”
Officials say they are working to confirm reports that one of the drivers may have run a red light. Footage from the scene showed some victims lying on a sidewalk and others being taken away in stretchers. NJ Transit officials said they are cooperating with prosecutors and other agencies that are investigating the crash.
A T-bone collision is also known as a “broadside” or “side-impact” crash and occurs when one vehicle hits the side or the middle section of another. These are some of the most devastating collisions that tend to occur at street intersections. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), side-impact crashes have the potential to be deadly, particularly for children. Over the past 20 years, deaths caused by T-bone crashes have risen by 20 percent, according to NHTSA. These types of crashes often occur due to excessive speed, running of red lights or stop signs or failing to yield the right of way at a street intersection.
When the vehicles involved are large transit buses where passengers may not have airbags or seatbelts to protect them, the injuries can be catastrophic or deadly. Passengers have no head protection or side airbags to cushion the blow. Some of the common injuries sustained in these kinds of bus crashes include, but are not limited to, head injuries, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord trauma, multiple broken bones, internal organ injuries, etc.
Steps to Take if You Have Been Injured
If you or a loved one has been injured in a transit bus accident, there are several steps you can take to protect your rights. Get the medical attention, treatment and care you need to recover from your injuries. File a report with the authorities and get your name on the report. Take photographs of the accident scene including the seat where you were sitting on the bus. Save your bus ticket and the receipt. Obtain contact information for eyewitnesses to the incident. If you are unable to gather information and evidence at the scene, have a family member or friend do that for you. Once the accident scene is cleared, it may become very challenging to obtain evidence and other information necessary to strengthen your claim. Get the bus driver’s name and the name of a contact at the transit authority. Obtain all possible information about the bus that was involved in the crash. Contact an experienced New York City bus accident lawyer who will fight hard to protect your rights and help you secure maximum compensation for your losses.
Compensation for Victims
A number of different parties may be held liable in bus crashes depending on the nature and circumstances of the incident. Bus companies, whether they are public or private, have the highest duty of care to their passengers. Injured passengers in such cases can seek compensation for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident or if you have lost a loved one in an auto accident caused by a reckless or negligent driver, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options, and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you. Our law firm recently recovered $5,600,000 for a man who was hit by a van, and $2,550,000 for another victim of a truck accident, and $3,000,000 for a pedestrian who was hit by a car, and the full $1,000,000 insurance policy for a pedestrian who was hit by a truck.
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