Parents who let their children ride a school bus expect that their kids are going to be safe, and they are confident that their children are able to get home safely at the end of the day. However, there can be times when bus accidents happen on the road that may result in injuries to students. A school bus accident that recently occurred in Camden Country caused injuries to eleven students.
According to Gloucester Township Police, eleven high school students suffered minor injuries after a school bus transporting 39 students was involved in a collision with an SUV. The accident occurred around 7 a. m. on Apr. 16 near Turnersville Road. A police report indicates that the school bus was headed to the Camden County Technical School and was turning left at Berlin-Cross Keys and Kearsley roads when it sideswiped the passing SUV.
When emergency responders arrived at the scene, all occupants of the bus had already exited the bus. Eleven students were taken to area hospitals for complaints of neck and back pain. The SUV driver was also transported to the hospital for evaluation after complaining of neck pain.
Drivers and operators of school buses owe a heightened duty of care to protecting the children on board. Children have a special status in the eyes of the law, and their need for extra protection is recognized by New Jersey courts. Since school buses are common carriers, bus drivers are required by law to operate their vehicles with extreme caution so as not to endanger the safety of their passengers. There are times, however, when school buses are involved in collisions no matter how careful bus operators can be.
Fortunately, no one was seriously injured in the recent school bus accident in Gloucester Township. In cases where serious injuries are involved, crash victims or their families may pursue a negligence claim to recover damages for their injuries and losses.
If a school bus accident results in serious injuries to students, injured children are entitled to compensation regardless of which driver caused the crash. However, filing a school bus accident lawsuit can be a complex process because a number of entities may be accountable for the wreck. Seeking the legal assistance of a New Jersey personal injury attorney can help crash victims recover the compensation they deserve.