New Jersey bus involved in chain-reaction crash
Residents in New Jersey will often use other means of transportation to get around. Whether they carpool in a vehicle, ride a train or travel on a bus, mass transit vehicles can pose some dangers. When a bus accident occurs, the passengers could suffer serious injuries. But not only that, the collision could result in a large wreck and severely damage the other vehicle. These massive mass transit vehicles could cause other vehicles to become involved in the crash, leading to a multi-vehicle collision.
Take, for instance, a recent chain-reaction collision involving three vehicles, including a car, SUV and New Jersey Transit bus. The bus accident happened at around 3 p.m. near the intersection of Artic Avenue and Virginia Avenue. According to authorities, the crash happened when one vehicle struck another vehicle and the second vehicle crashed into the bus.
When emergency crews responded to the accident, they assessed everyone involved and reported that 18 people were injured in the crash. Three victims had to be extricated from the car and were reported to be in the most critical condition. From the SUV, three people were injured and transported to the hospital. A total of twelve passengers on the bus were injured in the crash.
It is not clear at this time which vehicle caused the accident or whether both or all vehicle contributed to the crash. Following the investigation, authorities should be able to determine fault and liability. When a person suffers injuries in a multi-vehicle accident they could file a suit for personal injury. This could result in compensation to cover the costs of medical bills, damages and pain and suffering.
A large accident does not only affect numerous victims but it could also take a long time to investigate. Those affected by the accident should understand their rights and options. This can help reduce the time and stress associated with filing with compensation, especially if they begin the process right away.
Source: NBC News, “18 Hurt in Jersey Shore Bus Accident,” Karen Araiza, Oct. 4, 2013