Buses are used not only to transport children to and from school, but also to commute to and from work, to transport the elderly and the handicapped and to travel to far off tourist destinations. When boarding a bus, most passengers falsely assume that their safety is all but assured. Sadly, however, many bus passengers will never reach their intended destination. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) hundreds of Americans will be killed in a bus accident each year.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a bus accident, it is important you seek the counsel of a New Jersey bus accident lawyer in order to begin the injury claims process. An experienced injury lawyer can assist with financial recovery and with ensuring you recieve the medical care you need. To learn more or discuss your claim, call today.
As federally-designated “common carriers,” buses are held to a strict legal standard. All common carriers have a duty of care, whereby passengers are entitled to safe entrances and exits, a trained and highly qualified driver, a properly maintained vehicle and an expectation that vehicle design flaws will be both monitored and corrected.
Passengers who can establish negligence on any of these fronts can pursue full compensation for their injuries. When a bus involved in an accident was operated at the behest of a public entity, however, liability for violating the duty of care is far from straightforward.
To that end, buses owned by a school district or by a city are the responsibility of the district or municipality, while buses that are contracted for use remain primarily the responsibility of the operating bus company.
In the second scenario, when a contract is in place between a bus company and a public entity, the contract must establish in clear, unambiguous terms the expectations of both parties. Such stipulations might include, but are not limited to, driver training or the installation and maintenance of special safety equipment. When an accident occurs and a contract has been breached a New Jersey bus accident lawyer can help victims assess who is primarily – or even secondarily – to blame.
Regardless of whether a bus fleet is maintained by a public or private entity, however, all buses are required to satisfy various state and federal regulations. Buses must provide and document semi-annual inspections. Moreover, before hitting the road, drivers are required to check their vehicle each day and provide a written report of any malfunctioning safety equipment. Drivers must also make note of potential degradation of mechanicals.
According to the FMCSA, nearly half of all bus accidents each year will involve city or school buses. Of the 327 children killed in a school bus accident from 2004 to 2013, data maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration demonstrates that just 54 fatalities were passengers on the bus, while 147 others were passengers in other vehicles and 116 were pedestrians. Bus accidents can be caused by a variety of factors, such as driver fatigue or inexperience, improperly loaded passengers and cargo or a failure to address faulty or defective equipment. Because passengers are often unrestrained and buses are prone to tipping, injuries sustained in a bus accident are often catastrophic, thereby warranting attention from a bus accident attorney in New Jersey.
Regardless of whether a destination is a few blocks or several states away, bus accidents can change the lives of passengers in an instant. The experienced New Jersey bus accident lawyers at Grungo Colarulo provide qualified, compassionate personal injury counsel if you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident.
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My case settled recently after lasting 4 years. Grungo and Colarulo’s law firm were able to secure a large settlement award for my slip and fall accident. This money will help secure my future for the permanent injury I received as a result of the slip and fall. Everyone was very caring, and kept me informed throughout the entire process. Christine Lafferty is an excellent litigation lawyer. I highly recommend using them if you have been injured or in an accident. I hope I am never in a situation again to need their services, but I know who to go to if I, or any of my family members are ever injured. Thanks Grungo and Colarulo and staff for your compassionate service!
Thank you so much Grungo and Colarulo for helping me with my case. Special thanks to Erica Domingo, Esquire and her team. Erica Domingo and her team was very nice and helped me tremendously throughout my case like more than one year and half. They gave me the right advice and guided me through every step of my case. They gave me prompt and clear responses to all my questions. In addition, Erica and her team provided me with all the what if scenarios so that I can have a clear vison of the steps ahead.
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Thanks again Erica Domingo, Esquire and her team
My wife and I reached out to Grungo Colarulo in 2020 for advise on a legal matter. After a meeting with the Attorney and Paralegal, we decided to go forward with a case. This case required a lot of documentation, and expert review of the documentation which was aquired. Throughout the process, we were kept up to date monthly, and Grungo Colarulo was always responsive to any questions that we had. The entire staff at Grungo Colarulo are very professional, caring, and willing to go the extra mile. This firm is a definite recommend!
I left five (5) stars only because that’s as many as I could leave. If I could, I would have left 100 stars. Bob & Christine are the absolute best! My settlement far exceeded what I ever imagined. They are professional, friendly, and really listened to what I had to say. They kept me up to date with the progress of my case every step of the way. I can’t recommend them highly enough.
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First and foremost I would like to thank the whole team at Grungo Colarulo!! In addition to that, Stephanie & Riley & Drenna have done such an outstanding job taking care of me in such a difficult and low point of my life. I was in a bad car accident & did not know how to move forward with what to do and how to process. Those ladies were there every step, every inch, every mile & beyond with helping me when I had no idea how to navigate. I will forever be thankful for them and for the outcome of my case! If you ever need assistance I highly recommend this practice!!! Beyond professional, helpful, precise, caring, knowledgeable & humble!!!
From my first phone call to the end of my case this firm was on the ball!! Always responsive and professional and kept me up to date and informed. This is my firm for any future needs!
This was my first time ever having to have a lawyer for an automobile accident. From the beginning they took care of everything. They put me at ease so I could concentrate on my medical needs. Everyone I spoke to during the process were always extremely pleasant and knowledgeable.
Thank you to Grungo Colarulo for representing me and getting the settlement you did to help me move forward. I would highly recommend Grungo Colarulo to anyone who wants outstanding legal representation.
This team has been nothing but gentle an generous. Being as this was my first time dealing with a worker’s compensation case I was lost and nervous. But the Grungo Colarulo team has made me feel as comfortable as possible. My needs were addressed with care in a timely fashion. I knew what was going on every step of the way.
Oh, did I mention, WE WON …
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A dear family friend referred us to a young attorney named Rich Grungo, Jr. We wanted answers and if necessary, justice for our father. From day one of a five-year journey, Mr. Rich Grungo, Jr. made our family and our pain his own. The man never stopped working for us. He kept us informed every step of the way. Questions were answered quickly and with great compassion and expertise. Even though Rich was always busy, he was never too busy for us. We always felt like we were his only clients
I had the opportunity to observe Mr. Grungo work in this case, both in the courtroom on the technical matters of the motions and also as his presentation to the jury in opening and presenting witnesses as well as utilizing animations… and drawings and films that were necessary for a proper understanding of the case…At all times during the presentation, Mr. Grungo operated mostly without notes and questioned the witnesses in a conversational manner which made it most effective. **
Thank you for everything. I honestly felt like you treated my son like he was your own son, for that I am grateful. I would recommend your services to anyone. Thanks for being so awesome to both of us.
It was a pleasure working with Bill. He constantly kept me informed. I would recommend Bill and his firm to anybody I know. They’ll be in good hands.
I had the opportunity to retain Mr. Colarulo for a vehicle accident I encountered. I give him my highest recommendation for anyone in need of an excellent Personal Injury Attorney. Not only does he have an in depth knowledge of the legal field, but he emanates a sense of trust-worthiness that makes you feel secure during the entire process. Mr. Colarulo has the knowledge, drive and enthusiasm that will get the job done for you. He comes highly recommended.
Hi Rich, Well I’m on my way up to college to finish packing my son’s stuff up and to go to his Graduation tomorrow. It’s hard to believe how fast and how slow, at the same time 5 years can go by. I was just thinking of you as I am getting ready to leave and wanted to thank you once again for everything you have done for my son’s future. You are a good and just man. God Bless to you and your family.