The life of a New Jersey teen was cut much too short earlier this month when he sustained a serious head injury while riding in a double-decker bus. At the time of the incident, the 16-year-old was being transported, along with many other teens to a sweet 16 birthday party.
A spokesman for the Port Authority indicated the head injury occurred when someone opened the emergency hatch located in the roof and the teen stuck his head out of the opening. When he did so, his head reportedly made contact with part of an overpass.
Immediately following the incident the injured teen was transported to an area hospital. There, sadly, it was determined that he was dead.
This type of accident is probably not what most people think of when there is news of an incident involving a motor vehicle. It illustrates however the reality that auto accidents can take various forms.
The family and friends of the young man who died in the incident are likely reeling from the turn of events. Though the company that operates the bus indicated that it had taken steps to ensure the safety of the bus’ passengers by checking each person for alcohol before he or she boarded, it could still potentially face a civil lawsuit should the family of the boy decide to file a wrongful death claim. Depending on the circumstances of the incident, if it is determined that negligence on the part of the bus company was to blame for the death, it could have to pay financial damages.
Source: CNN, “New Jersey teen killed after sticking head out of party bus,” Khara Lewin, Sept. 3, 2012