New Jersey Lawyer Helps Injured Bus Accident Victims across the State
New Jersey is proud to boast an exceptional public transportation system which includes commuter buses, such as NJ Transit and Suburban Transit, airport shuttle buses, charter buses and school buses. Bus travel is incredibly convenient, allowing people to avoid traffic congestion on the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway and other busy highways in and around North Jersey.
Unfortunately, due to their size and weight, and the fact that buses transport many riders at once, accidents often result in severe and life-threatening injuries to multiple people. Of course, any accident is a tragedy, but school bus accidents that leave cause injuries to young children are especially unfortunate.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a bus accident, time is of the essence. Contact skilled and battle-tested personal injury lawyer Andrew Calcagno. He will fight for maximum compensation for injuries suffered in accidents in Cranford, Westfield, Short Hills and Elizabeth and throughout NJ. You may be entitled to damages for pain and suffering, medical treatment, lost wages, reduced quality of life and more. Survivor damages may be awarded to someone who lost an immediate family member in a bus accident.
Experienced NJ Personal Injury Attorney Fights for Justice for Clients in Union & Middlesex Counties
There are various types of accidents that involve buses and cause serious injury. These include the bus colliding with other vehicles including motorcycles, trucks, cars and bicycles, hitting a stationary object such as a telephone poll or building, or striking a pedestrian.
Often bus accidents are caused by negligent behavior on the part of the bus driver or bus company. Some common reasons bus accidents occur include:
- The bus driver was fatigued and made a mistake. The Federal Carrier Safety Administration prohibits bus drivers from driving more than 10 hours until they’ve rested for eight hours. Further, working more than 60 hours per week is not allowed. Even so, money is a powerful motivator. Bus companies may push drivers to take extra shifts and drivers may accept for the extra income.
- The bus driver was distracted by a phone or radio
- Aggressive driving
- The bus driver was driving while intoxicated or otherwise under the influence in Woodbridge, Elizabeth, Fanwood or any other North Jersey town
- The bus driver failed to follow the rules of the road (i.e.: speeding, reckless driving, running a red light.)
- The bus driver didn’t see another vehicle or person in its path. Motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents and other auto crashes cause significant injuries.
- There are times when the accident is caused by mechanical failure. This would amount to failure of the bus company to maintain its fleet properly – replacing worn tires when necessary, for example.
- Other things may also cause bus accidents including: defective brakes, roadway potholes, tire blowouts and poor weather conditions in Kenilworth, Hillside or Garwood.
In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for filing personal injury lawsuits is two years. However, if the lawsuit is against a government entity – in this case NJ Transit or the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, for instance – you must give notice of your intention to file a lawsuit within 90 days of the accident. The law requires you to then wait six months before you are allowed to file the lawsuit. During this time period, Mr. Calcagno can negotiate with the government agency involved to resolve your claim so you are generously compensated.
Since suing the government isn’t a simple task, it’s important you hire a lawyer with the chops to fight City Hall, if necessary. Skilled personal injury lawyer Mr. Calcagno doesn’t back down from insurance companies or government officials. He will put the law to work for you and fight for your right to maximum compensation for your bus accident injuries.
Common Injuries Resulting from Commuter & School Bus Accidents in NJ
If you are in a bus accident in Linden, Mountainside, New Providence, Plainfield or anywhere else in Middlesex or Union counties in New Jersey, you are likely suffering from severe injuries. The sheer size and weight of a buses put passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians at serious risk for injuries, including:
- Head, neck and spinal trauma, including whiplash or disk injury
- Cuts, lacerations, amputated limbs
- Internal injuries or bleeding
- Traumatic Brain Injury, such as concussion
- Broken Bones and Fractures
- Emotional injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder
- Wrongful Death, compensation when a family member is killed in a bus accident
In New Jersey, there is no cap on damages you are allowed to receive when you’ve been injured in a bus accident. Mr. Calcagno will fight to make sure you get every penny you deserve.
Contact a Skilled, Aggressive NJ Bus Accident Injury Lawyer Today for Free
Rest assured, make one call to Andrew Calcagno and you can focus on your recovery. Mr. Calcagno has been fighting for the rights of good people, like you, who have been injured in NJ bus accidents for more than 25 years. He has won millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts that covered physical, financial or emotional injuries.
Contact the experienced legal team at Calcagno & Associates. We will review your case, work with accident reconstruction consultants, safety engineers, medical professionals and others to piece together what happened so we can get you the compensation you deserve.