According to NJ.com, the accident occurred in Linden just before 8 a.m. this morning in the northbound lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike when a tractor-trailer struck a on the right side near the back of the bus with 61 passengers on board.
Eight people were seriously injured in the crash, but the extent of their injuries is not known at this time. Uninjured passengers were put on another transit bus and taken to their destinations.
Multiple reports state that one of the passengers was trapped in the bus and had to be extricated. Emergency crews had to use ladders to gain access to the area of the bus that was struck and help rescue many of the victims.
Surprisingly, no one was killed in this accident. One victim on the bus when the accident took place told NJ.com that the driver was “very professional” and the passengers were aiding other passengers.
The exact cause of this accident is still under investigation, but according to reports it involved the bus and at least three tractor-trailer accidents. A local CBS station reported that rear axle of the tractor-trailer believed to have caused the accident was severely damaged in the crash.
Police had to close three lanes of the Turnpike, causing traffic to back up for several miles.
There have been a number of crashes involving buses and large commercial trucks this year. The most notable was one that occurred in April in Ormond, California and left 10 people dead including the truck driver and a few high school students.
While it is too early to speculate on the cause of this accident or place blame, experience tells us that there are three primary causes of deadly or injurious truck accident. Those three causes are: fatigue, distraction and mechanical failure. Any one or all three of those reasons could have played a role in this accident. And each of those reasons point towards negligence on the part of a driver or a trucking company.
There are instances in which a tragic accident is not due to a motorist’s or truck driver’s negligence, but those instances are rare. If you are in pain and struggling to recover from a serious truck accident, you need to know that you have the legal right to seek compensation for your injuries from the at-fault driver or trucking company.
When you retain a truck accident attorney, they will begin working on your case. They will begin gathering evidence, speaking with witnesses and contacting their team of accident experts so they can provide you with a strong injury claim. Your truck accident attorney wants to ensure you receive a settlement that reflects the extent the pain and suffering you endured as a result of your accident. They will aggressively pursue your injury or wrongful death claim so you are fairly compensated for your pain and suffering.