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Students Injured in New Jersey School Bus Accident

By Lependorf & Silverstein on May 9, 2014

Although no life-threatening injuries were reported, 28 students were transported to the hospital after a school bus collided with another vehicle in North Brunswick. According to a news report in WABC, the school bus accident occurred at US 130 and Wood Avenue. Officials said the Brunswick High School bound bus was transporting 28 teenagers when it was rear-ended. At least six of the passengers complained of minor pain following the crash. It is unclear who caused the crash or if the other driver will face summonses for the collision.

Because of their size and weight, school buses are able to withstand a significant impact without taking damage. Also, they have stop sign arms, bright colors, reinforced sides, and flashing red lights. School bus passengers, however, can still suffer injuries in even minor collisions. School buses do not have airbags for young passengers and they often do not even have seatbelts. In fact, only new school buses are built with child restraint systems and many older buses only have a seatbelt for the driver.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 24 school-age children are killed in school transportation-related accidents each year, including 11 occupants of school transportation vehicles. School bus passengers who survive an accident can sustain serious soft tissue injuries in the neck and back, bone fractures, sprains, strains, lacerations, head injuries, and spinal cord injuries.

When a child is injured in a New Jersey school bus accident, he or she must be provided immediate medical attention. It is the responsibility of the bus driver, the bus owner, and the school district to ensure that the victim is taken care of in a timely manner. Compensation should also be available for the victims’ medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Seeking compensation for a school bus accident, however, can be a challenging process. It is common for victims and their families to receive inadequate settlements that do not fully cover their losses. Injured victims and their families would be well advised to contact an experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyer who will ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.

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