The driver in the Paramus fatal school bus crash that took place on Thursday, May 17, in Mount Olive, New Jersey, fatally injuring a student and teacher, accrued multiple driving suspensions and violations throughout his employment. Between the years of 1975 and 2017, the now 77-year-old school bus driver accumulated 14 drivers’ license suspensions. Six resulted from parking violations, seven originated from administrative and documentation reasons, and one came after he was driving with a suspended license. He also received 16 driving violations, which resulted from speeding, and an improper lane change in 2010 as well as the aforementioned parking infractions. Records show that he was involved in five previous motor vehicle accidents although it is unknown whether he was the passenger or driver and who was at-fault in each incident.
In light of the tragic Paramus fatal school bus crash, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is advocating the use of seat belts on school buses. They recommend that newly manufactured school buses nationwide must contain lap and shoulder belts. Furthermore, the NTSB voted that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) should mandate automatic emergency braking systems, which could prevent or lower the possibility of a crash if a bus driver fails to use the brakes. The NTSB recommended that New Jersey, out of a handful of other states, should upgrade and replace their standard school bus lap belts with combined lap and shoulder belts.
If you or your loved ones sustained personal injuries in a bus accident, contact our New Jersey personal injury lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP at 732-777-0100. Contact us online or visit our offices in Edison, Red Bank, or Toms River, New Jersey. We represent clients throughout New Jersey.