Five People Injured In Blairtown Township Bus Accident Involving Tractor Trailer Truck On Interstate 80
BLAIRSTOWN TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY (February 29, 2020) – At least five people were injured in a Megabus accident that was heading from Pittsburgh to New York City when it collided with a semi-truck on Interstate 80.
New Jersey Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 5:30 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of traffic. For reasons that remain under investigation a Megabus hit the rear of a tractor trailer truck.
There were over 30 passengers on the Megabus at the time of the accident. Paramedics treated multiple people for injuries. An investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Blairtown Township Bus Accidents
Bus companies are considered “common carriers” under the law and are held to a very high standard int terms of safety. Buses can be extremely heavy and difficult to operate. Bus drivers must always drive according to the prevailing conditions of the road. This may mean that driving the speed limit is unreasonable. Drivers should not drive the speed limit during times of inclement weather or low visibility. There are number of factors that typically contribute to bus accidents including:
- Driver fatigue
- Driver intoxication
- Prescription drug use
- Inclement weather
There is a presumption of liability on the part of drivers that rear-end other vehicles. Drivers are supposed to maintain a safe distance with the vehicle ahead of them. Any person that is injured in a bus accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. a bus accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Getting Help After A Blairtown Township Bus Accident
We at Pulvers, Pulvers & Thompson extend our thoughts and prayers to all of the victims of this bus accident. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to police as they continue their investigation. This was a highly preventable tragedy that should not have happened. It is our sincere hope that there is some accountability for the sake of all who have been affected.