2 killed and 7 injured in bus crash

Two people died in an accident that occurred in New Jersey on May 23. The wreck happened at the intersection of Old Turnpike Road and Franklin Road in Pleasantville at approximately 1:50 p.m. when an NJ TRANSIT bus on the 502 line, traveling from Atlantic City to Hamilton Mall, was struck by a passenger vehicle. The car was reportedly heading north on Franklin Boulevard when it inexplicably swerved, crashed into the bus, and was flipped around by the impact of the collision.

The bus driver and two passengers suffered injuries in the crash. Four of the car's six occupants were taken to the local hospital to receive treatment. A spokesman for NJ TRANSIT told a local news outlet that those injuries are not life-threatening.

Some of the most common injuries suffered by victims of auto accidents include spinal cord trauma, whiplash, broken bones, brain trauma, internal bleeding or tissue damage. Incidents like the one described earlier are sometimes caused by distracted driving, speeding, violating traffic signals, driving recklessly or driving while intoxicated, any of which could be grounds for legal action against the responsible party. Those injured in the aforementioned collision may consider filing a personal injury claim against the driver of the car. These victims may be entitled to recover restitution to help offset medical costs, vehicle repair expenses or loss of income from being rendered unable to work by the incident.

Lawyers representing the plaintiffs in personal injury cases are tasked with proving that the defendant's behavior caused the ensuing damages. In order to establish negligence on the defendant's part in a car accident, an accident injury lawyer would examine the police report, review witness accounts and possibly consult a reconstruction specialist to recreate the events of the accident in an effort to determine culpability.

Source: CBS New York, "2 Killed When Car, Bus Collide In Pleasantville, New Jersey", May 26, 2014

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