Charter Bus Accident in Burlington County, New Jersey

by | Feb 27, 2024 | Auto Accident, Personal Injury, Tour Bus Accident

There was a crash involving a charter bus in Burlington County, New Jersey on February 25, 2024.  The crash occurred on the New Jersey Turnpike and involved the charter bus and at least four other vehicles.  At least three people sustained injuries.  The incident remains under investigation.

Charter buses, often utilized for group travel due to their convenience and efficiency, carry a unique set of risks in the event of a crash, primarily because of their large passenger capacity. The inherent danger escalates with the number of passengers onboard, as emergencies or accidents can result in a high number of injuries or fatalities in a single incident. Unlike smaller vehicles, the larger mass and higher center of gravity of charter buses can contribute to more severe outcomes in rollovers or collisions. Additionally, the variability in safety features, such as the presence and use of seat belts, can significantly affect the injury severity during a crash. In crowded conditions, passengers may also face challenges in evacuating quickly and safely, increasing the risk of harm in emergencies.

The logistical complexity of managing a large group of passengers in the event of a charter bus accident also poses significant challenges for emergency response teams. The need for a coordinated and rapid response is critical to effectively triage and treat injuries, yet the scale of potential injuries can strain local medical and emergency services. Furthermore, the psychological impact on survivors and the community can be profound, especially when accidents involve school trips or community groups. The legal and financial repercussions for charter bus companies and insurance providers can be substantial, emphasizing the importance of rigorous safety protocols, driver training, and vehicle maintenance to mitigate the risks associated with transporting large groups of passengers.

Unfortunately, accidents involving charter busses have become more and more prevalent.  There was an accident involving a Capital Metro bus in Del Valle, Texas on December 11, 2023.  There was a crash involving a tour bus near Lake George, New York on January 5, 2024.  A Greyhound bus was in a crash and overturned in Ardmore, Alabama on January 29, 2024.  There was a crash involving a charter bus in Sioux Center, Iowa on February 10, 2024.

Safety considerations must take precedence to ensure that anyone relying on charter transportation remains safe.  Safe bus operators must consider take necessary precautions to ensure that their busses do not put the lives of passengers at risk.  The risks of catastrophic injury should always be considered by safe vessel operators.  When charter operators fail to account for the known hazards of the industry catastrophic injuries or deaths can result.  Safe companies must hire and train only individuals who can carry out the work without putting at risk the lives of dozens of passengers.  A responsible driver must drive at appropriate speeds based on the weather conditions, and only drive when it is safe to do so.  Failing to do so can have catastrophic results.

Spagnoletti Law Firm has attorneys licensed in Texas, Florida, New Mexico and New York.  We have previously handled cases involving bus crashes.  Our attorneys have extensive experience and the skills needed to aggressively represent the families of loved ones who have lost their lives or been seriously injured in a trucking or commercial vehicle accident.  The experienced personal injury attorneys at Spagnoletti Law Firm can help you understand your rights if you or a loved one was involved in an accident. Please contact us online or call 713-804-9306 or 877-678-5864 to learn more about your legal rights.