Posted on Friday, September 4th, 2020 at 1:32 pm
Fourteen people were suffered injuries and one was critically hurt after the NJ Transit bus crashed into a pole while en route to Port Authority. According to ABC 7, the accident happened on Saturday, Aug. 29, around 10:00 a.m.
The bus was heading to the Port Authority terminal on the upper level when it collided with a pole. When first responders arrived at the scene, they found passengers of the bus thrown to the floor, and some of them lying on the ground outside. Eleven people were transported to local hospitals with a variety of injuries and three people were treated for minor injuries at the scene.
Port Authority is investigating the cause of the accident. It has not been confirmed whether the bus driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash or if fatigue was a factor.
Because NJ Transit is a transportation agency run by a government entity, the rules for filing a claim against the organization are different from filing against an individual. But, unfortunately, being involved in a bus accident is not entirely uncommon. According to a recent study from the University of Michigan, buses are involved in some 63,000 collisions in the U.S. annually.
If you are filing a claim against a government agency like NJ Transit, you will need to fill out a notice of claim with the state within 90 days of the accident. A notice of claim will typically include:
- A statement regarding your intent to claim compensation for the injuries you sustained as a result of an accident caused by a government agent, such as a negligent bus driver
- Details concerning the time and place of the bus accident
- A detailed description of the injuries you sustained (medical documents)
- Your contact information, including address
Once the notice of claim has been filed with the state, you must allow 30 days to elapse before filing a lawsuit.
The injuries you might sustain in a bus accident vary widely depending on the severity of the accident and where you were sitting or standing at the time of the accident. They might include:
- Broken and fractured bones
- Organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Cuts and bruises
- Head injuries
Because buses are tall and have a high center of gravity, they are also more prone to roll over in an accident or if they take a curve at too high a speed. This could compound the severity of the injuries sustained and complicate first responders’ ability to quickly render aid.
Contact a New York Bus Accident Lawyer
If you were injured in an accident and aren’t sure what your next steps should be, reach out to the New York bus accident attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP. Our team can help you understand your rights and all the legal options available to you. Call our office at [phone number] to schedule a free consultation with us today.