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A bus accident can cause injuries and destruction on a massive scale.
You need a New Jersey bus accident lawyer on your side who will make sure you’re compensated for every way the injury affects your life.
At Console and Associates, the consultation is always 100% free and confidential.
In New Jersey and across the USA, bus accidents are relatively rare, but very serious when they do happen.
Bus crash statistics show that motor coaches are involved in more than 80,000 reported, and destructive accidents per year.
In 2014, the most recent year for which federal agencies have data available, 22,000 people suffered injuries in bus crashes, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
This number is down from recent years when injuries from bus accidents have been as high as 38,000, but it still shows that far too many people are getting needlessly hurt due to someone else’s careless behavior on the road.
Statistically, buses are safer, that is, less like to get you killed than any mode of transportation other than commercial airlines, according to CNN.
But that doesn’t stop bus crashes from killing 200 to 300, or more, people every year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reported.
Sadly, school bus accidents are the most dangerous. Close to 100, and some years, well over 100, fatalities result from school bus accidents each year.
Next, most deadly are transit buses, which have cost between 60 and 100 deaths annually for the last several years. Cross-country intercity buses, too, kill dozens of people per year.
Why do bus accidents happen? Like car accidents, bus crashes result from many different causes.
By far the most common cause of bus accidents is driving mistakes. Many bus crashes result from traffic safety violations such as:
Sometimes it’s the bus driver who makes a dangerous error behind the wheel. Other times, the vehicles that share the road with the bus are the ones driving carelessly.
But a growing number of bus accident crashes result from a specific driving factor: bus driver fatigue. It’s impossible to say how many deaths, how many injuries, and how much damage has stemmed from this concerning trend.
Like truck drivers and other types of commercial drivers, bus drivers often drive long hours. Since some buses run at off hours, like tour buses that often drive through the night, these drivers may be behind the wheel during the hours when it’s natural for the human body to get drowsy.
When there are always more routes to drive, bus drivers might not get adequate rest breaks. Some have to work multiple jobs to make ends meet, and their schedules might not allow them to get the minimum amount of sleep necessary to drive safely. Even though there are laws in place to limit the number of hours and shifts a bus driver is supposed to work, a number of bus companies have been caught failing to follow or enforce those laws.
The result of long shifts, overnight hours, and limited rest breaks is tired, often overworked drivers behind the wheel of large vehicles. It takes more precision to safely maneuver a 10-ton bus through the obstacles that you encounter on the roadways. Bus drivers need to be constantly alert. These large vehicles take longer to stop than the average passenger car, so bus drivers must hit the brakes sooner to avoid a collision. They need more space to change lanes safely, and they must pay close attention to the traffic around them to do so.
But when driver fatigue kicks in, even the best bus drivers are putting everyone on the bus, and the road around them, at risk.
Even if the bus driver doesn’t fall asleep, sleep deprivation can drastically reduce alertness. A driver who has been awake for 18 hours is just as dangerous as a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.05, not legally drunk, but certainly impaired. And a driver who hasn’t slept in 24 hours is in even worse shape behind the wheel than a drunk driver. Going 24 hours without sleep is as dangerous as driving with a 0.10 BAC, according to the National Sleep Foundation’s DrowsyDriving.org.
Every hour of sleep counts, the National Sleep Foundation reported. Sleeping just six or even seven hours, rather than eight, doubles a driver’s risk of being involved in an accident. If your bus driver got fewer than five hours of sleep, your chance of being in a crash multiplied by four to five times the moment the driver got behind the wheel.
Of course, the driver isn’t always to blame for a bus crash. Mechanical problems can also cause serious injuries. Driving passengers all day, every day, puts a lot more wear and tear on the vehicle than the average passenger car suffers in the same timeframe.
Proper bus maintenance, including making timely repairs of any mechanical problems, is essential for protecting bus passengers and every other vehicle sharing the road with buses. But dozens of bus companies have been shut down due to serious safety violations. Bus companies that fail to maintain their motor coaches or neglect to have vehicles inspected as required by law can be held responsible when their unsafe buses injure innocent passengers, pedestrians, or other motorists.
In the aftermath of a serious bus accident, you might not know what caused the crash. And if you try to handle this case on your own, you might never understand. Finding out the truth matters, and not just to give you some closure and answer questions like why the trauma occurred. Only with the facts can you pursue a bus accident lawsuit and get the compensation you need to get through this injury and get your life back on track.
With our bus crash lawyers in New Jersey on your side, you’ll have help every step of the way. Call (856) 778-5500 to get your claim started today.
You only have once chance to pursue your bus accident compensation claim. You can’t reopen your case later and ask for more money, no matter how much you need it. So you need to make sure you get every dollar owed to you before it’s too late.
Your legal rights are limited. If you wait too long, you won’t have the chance to get any compensation at all.
For most accident claims in New Jersey, the statute of limitations, or the deadline to act, is two years. This time can fly by more quickly than you might think, especially when you’re busy making the long journey to recovery. And some situations require you to take action within just 90 days.
The sooner you get a bus accident attorney in NJ involved in your case, the better.
A bus crash in NJ can change your life in so many ways. Which of those ways can you get compensation for?
At Console and Associates, our New Jersey bus accident lawyers always seek full compensation for our clients. We know that after all you have been through, you deserve, and your family needs, nothing less than every dollar you’re entitled to.
Our bus accident lawyers in NJ will fight to get you maximum money damages for:
If you’re wondering whether compensation could be available for any additional damages, just ask. Our bus crash lawyers in NJ have been handling cases like yours for more than two decades, so we’re prepared to answer all of your questions.
Did you know that who you choose to handle your claim can make a big difference?
The reputation of your NJ bus crash lawyer can affect how the bus company’s insurer approaches your claim and how well your case is prepared for a trial if it goes that far.
You want to make sure you have respected bus accident lawyers in NJ on your side from day one. We’ll make sure the insurance company is taking your claim seriously. With our insider knowledge of the insurance industry, we can protect your case from the tricks insurers use to decrease and deny claims.
For more than 20 years, our bus accident lawyers in New Jersey have fought for the rights of accident victims across the state. We’ve got the experience to handle bus accidents in Gloucester Township, Marlboro, and Hammonton, NJ. We’re familiar with bus accidents on significant interstates like 295 and U.S. Highways like route 130.
With our main office in Marlton and two satellite locations in Newark, we’re well-equipped to handle bus crash cases from North Jersey to South Jersey and everywhere in between.
Our New Jersey bus crash attorneys are familiar with cases involving:
Were you a passenger injured on the bus? A pedestrian struck by the bus? An occupant of another vehicle hurt when an out-of-control motor coach hit your car?
We’ve handled all of these situations and more. We know that every bus crash is different, and we’ll take the time and put in the work to build your case to its full potential.
We handle personal injury claims exclusively, so we have plenty of experience with motor vehicle accidents of all kinds. We’ll draw on that experience to avoid problems and solve challenges in your case. And because we have handled cases across New Jersey, we know the ins and outs of motor vehicle accident laws throughout the state.
We have handled bus accident cases that involved no collision. When a passenger onboard a bus suffered injuries due to negligence other than a crash, we got him tens of thousands of dollars in compensation.
In another instance, our client’s car was struck by a bus carelessly changing lanes. The bus pushed his vehicle into a guardrail, then fled the scene. But the driver didn’t get away with the negligent behavior. We recovered a $120,000 settlement for our client.
Whether you were on the bus, in another car, crossing the street, or involved in the accident in some other way, you have legal rights. And the best way you can protect those right, and protect your family from the consequences of a serious injury, is to have a New Jersey bus crash lawyer on your side.
After a bus accident, you’ve got a lot to deal with, too much, really for one person, especially when your injuries are serious enough to keep you from feeling like yourself.
Focusing on things like paperwork, like phone calls with the insurance adjuster, will only distract you from working toward the best possible recovery. You don’t have the time or the energy to spare on the hassle of pursuing a legal claim.
But when you put your case in the hands of a New Jersey bus accident attorneys like Console and Associates, none of this work is your problem anymore. We handle every aspect of the claim for you.
If you were hurt in a bus accident recently, what you do next could affect the rest of your life. Will you try to navigate the claims process on your own and risk leaving thousands of dollars on the table, and being unable to afford the best medical care because of it?
Or will you turn to an NJ personal injury attorney who can make sure you get everything you deserve?
Don’t wait another day to get help. Call (856) 778-5500 today for your free consultation.
Richard Console is a highly respected bus accident attorney in the state of New Jersey. As the founder of the law firm, Console & Associates P.C., Richard has practiced law in New Jersey since 1994. With more than $100 million awarded to victims of personal injury, the law firm has a reputation for excellence. He strives to help those injured by personal injuries and works as an advocate on behalf of victims.
“Rick is one of the best around. He truly cares about his clients and works hard to get the best results for their case. He is well respected among his peers and comes highly recommended. If you’re looking for a personal injury or auto accident lawyer, give him a call.” B. Blades / Client