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Fort Lee Woman Killed by School Bus

By Lependorf & Silverstein on August 13, 2014

A 60-year-old Fort Lee woman was killed in a New Jersey traffic accident involving a school bus. According to a news report in The Record, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred on Broad Avenue at Fort Lee Road in Leonia. Officials say she was legally crossing the road when the bus turned left onto Broad Avenue and struck her. NJ.com reports that she was dragged 71 feet underneath the bus before the driver came to a stop. She died at the scene. The driver of the Rainbow Transportation Inc. school bus was issued summonses for careless driving, failing to yield to a pedestrian and for driving a vehicle with badly worn tires.

Under New Jersey Statute 39:4-36: “The driver of a vehicle must stop and stay stopped for a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk, but shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.” However, many fatal pedestrian accidents occur in New Jersey each year as a result of drivers who failing to yield or to even look for pedestrians before entering an intersection.

Drivers who cause fatal pedestrian accidents through acts of negligence can face traffic citations and even criminal charges. A conviction or traffic ticket summons will not, however, result in financial compensation for the victim’s family.

Filing a lawsuit may be the last thing on your mind if you have lost a family member in a New Jersey car accident, but civil litigation is sometimes the only way to receive fair compensation after a tragic accident. A wrongful death claim can help you and your family financially recover by providing support for medical bills, funeral expenses, lost future wages, pain and suffering, loss of companionship and other related damages. An experienced New Jersey school bus accident lawyer can help you navigate what can be a complex process during such difficult times.

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