On Monday, September 26th, at least 44 passengers were injured when two
New Jersey Transit buses crashed into each other inside the Lincoln Tunnel.
Port authorities said the two NJ Transit buses collided when the 127 line
rear-ended a bus on the 128 line in the center lane of the tube just before
9 AM. Both buses were occupied with morning commuters.
Fortunately, no injuries were considered life-threatening.
ABC 7 News reported that the most significant injuries were a broken arm and a broken jaw.
One of the passengers had a pre-existing brain injury, which resulted
in a seizure. Ten passengers who were treated at the scene were transported
to St. Luke’s Medical Center, Weill Cornell, Bellevue Hospital,
and Hoboken University Medical Center.
Authorities stated the driver in the first bus (128) was issued three tickets
for improper lane change, unsafe lane change, and reckless driving. While
shifting lanes inside the Lincoln Tunnel is strictly prohibited, this
maneuver was the cause of the collision.
In New Jersey, NJ Transit drivers are required to perform a physical exam
every two years to demonstrate their ability to operate a large vehicle
in a safe manner. Despite having an excellent record, bus drivers typically
make errors because of exhaustion, distractions, medical issues, or simply
a bad decision that places the health and safety of the passengers at risk.
Should I Seek Legal Representation after a Bus Accident?
bus accident happens in New York, an attorney can conduct an investigation by inspecting
the scene, thoroughly reviewing the crash report, collecting public surveillance
videos, and looking into a variety of records corresponding to the driver’s
history. By gathering crucial evidence, a lawyer can develop a strong
and relentless case strategy to maximize a crash victim’s compensation
and incite changes to ensure that similar accident and injuries do not
occur in the future.
If you have suffered serious injuries after being involved in a bus accident
in New York City, contact Belushin Law Firm, P.C. today and
request a free consultation.