Bus Accidents

New Jersey Bus Accident Lawyers

Representing clients injured in bus crashes throughout NJ

Many of us in New Jersey rely on bus transportation for many purposes, whether it is a commuter bus into the city, a tour bus to visit the Atlantic City casinos, or on a field trip for students. Buses provide safe, reliable, and economical transportation. Bus accidents are fortunately not very common, but when they do occur they cause great loss to those who are injured and those who lose family members.

With some of the nation’s busiest highways, including the New Jersey Turnpike carrying commuters to and from New York City, our state’s roadways are some of the most congested in the U.S. If you were injured or if your loved one was killed in a NJ Transit bus accident, or in a collision involving a Greyhound or Coach bus, the personal injury attorneys at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP are available to evaluate your case. You are welcome to schedule a free consultation to discuss your bus accident injury case. We can advise you of your rights and recommend your next course of action, regardless of what type of bus your accident occurred on.

Types of bus transportation in NJ

There are many different types of buses that you can ride in to get where you are going. The following are few examples of various kinds of buses:

  • NJ Transit bus
  • Casino shuttles
  • Greyhound, Coach or Jefferson Lines bus
  • Private chartered bus
  • School bus
  • University campus shuttle bus

Types of bus accident injuries

When a bus accident occurs, there can be many traumatic injuries like the types of injuries you might see in a car accident such as:

  • Broken bones
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Head injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries/paralysis
  • Burn injuries
  • Traumatic amputations

School bus accidents

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that school bus and transit bus accidents accounted for about 40 percent of bus crashes in the United States. Serious injuries to children boarding or riding school buses are particularly tragic. These children and their parents trusted bus drivers and bus companies to keep them safe while in transit to and from school.

What are some of the causes of bus accidents?

Given that buses are driven by human beings, human error is always the largest factor when it comes to the cause of a bus crash. The following are a few examples of some of the factors that can lead to a bus crash:

  • Speeding
  • Reckless, aggressive driving
  • Drowsy driving/HOS violations
  • Distracted driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Tailgating/following too closely
  • Mechanical defect/equipment failure

Buses are large and difficult to maneuver. Sometimes the drivers of smaller, more nimble passenger vehicles dart in and out of lanes and they misjudge how long it takes for a vehicle as large and heavy as a bus to stop. Regardless of what caused the bus accident that injured you, our NJ bus crash attorneys are here to protect your rights to recover fair compensation for your injuries.

What can a New Jersey bus accident attorney do to help your case?

If you were injured in a commercial bus, your claim for compensation will be significantly more complicated than if you had been injured in a collision with another motorist. Fortunately, our experienced NJ bus accident lawyers know how to investigate the crash, determine who is at fault and hold them accountable on your behalf.

You may have been injured as a passenger, a pedestrian, a bicyclist, a motorcycle rider, or an occupant of a car or truck that collided with a bus. A defective roadway may have been a factor in your bus accident. You may have fallen while boarding or disembarking from a bus. No matter how the bus accident occurred, if you were seriously injured, you need legal advice as soon as possible.

Hurt in a bus crash in NJ? Call us today

From offices in Edison, Red Bank, and Toms River, our lawyers advise and represent clients in personal injury and wrongful death litigation matters throughout New Jersey. Call the law offices of Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP at 732-777-0100 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey bus accident lawyer at an office nearest to you.