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More than a dozen victims and/ or their families have filed public notices against the state transit authority in New Jersey following a horrific bus accident in August that killed two and injured 12 others. The riders are seeking $115 million in damages, either for wrongful death or catastrophic injuries they alleged left them permanently disabled. bus

As one injury lawyer noted on behalf of one client, “every single aspect of her life” has been adversely impacted. That particular attorney, who has not yet detailed the full extent of his client’s personal injuries, has filed a claim for $35 million in damages. So far, that’s the largest potential lawsuit the authority faces following the crash. No lawsuits have actually been filed as of yet. With the notice of intent to file, the state and other defendants will have the opportunity to respond and, if they choose, to issue a settlement offer. Plaintiffs have to wait six months after filing the notices before they can file a lawsuit, though they do, under New Jersey law, have at least two years to file a lawsuit.

Plaintiff attorneys say they simply want to help their clients regain some semblance of a normal life after the transit bus they were on was broadsided by another bus whose driver allegedly ran a red light around 6 a.m. The 70-year-old driver of the commuter bus was pronounced dead at the scene. One of his passengers, a 49-year-old woman who was on her way to work, died later that day.  Continue reading

There have been more than 50 bus companies and close to 350 vehicles that were recently put out of business and taken off of our road, thanks to Operation Quick Strike conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).  This 8-month enforcement period is used by officials to identify and shut down unsafe motorcoach companies across the nation.

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“Through Operation Quick Strike and our regular enforcement efforts, we’re shutting down companies that put passengers at risk and educating the public on safe motorcoach travel,” said Anthony Foxx, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

Our Naples bus accident lawyers understand that there were more than 242 fatal bus accidents in the U.S. in 2011.  There were also another 15,000 injury accidents and another 43,000 property damage-only accidents.  In all, there were 56,000 busing accidents reported throughout the country in 2011.  FMCSA data show that commercial truck and bus crashes have risen steadily since 2009, as have the number of deaths and injuries resulting from those crashes.

Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a final rule to make seat belts mandatory on most large commercial buses and motorcoaches..  Officials are looking to increase safety and decrease the risk of death in the event of a frontal accident, as well as occupant ejection during rollover accidents.

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“While travel on motorcoaches is overall a safe form of transportation, when accidents do occur, there is the potential for a greater number of deaths and serious injuries,” said David Strickland, NHTSA Administrator.

Experienced   bus accident attorneys understand that there are more than 8,000 bus passengers injured each year in an industry that rivals the airline industry for size. What if we were seeing 8,000 airline injuries per year? . With the requirement of seat belts, officials believe that they can reduce the risks of death and injury by about 45 percent.  Wearing a seat belt is the most effective way to prevent serious injury and death in the event of a motor vehicle accident.

According to a recent article in the Sun Sentinel, some bus drivers in Broward County are not being reprimanded after having accidents and are not properly retrained afterwards.

As if this isn’t bad enough, some bus drivers have also had numerous accidents that were later found to be preventable and yet are still employed.

Our Fort Lauderdale bus accident attorneys know that bus accidents can be dangerous or deadly. We are concerned that some of the bus drivers for Broward County are prone to accidents and are allowed to continue driving without proper training or disciplinary action. County Commissioner Lois Wexler is asking for a review of policies regarding bus driver discipline and we support this review in an effort to help protect kids and the public.

Florida law requires that you stop and wait for a school bus displaying red flashing lights — an indication the bus is boarding or deboarding children.

West Palm Beach school bus accident attorneys know the risks are never higher than at the beginning of the school year in South Florida.

The School District of Palm Beach County has guidelines regarding who can ride the bus, including a requirement that most students who live within two miles of their school find their own way to and from class each day. This increases the risk of pedestrian accidents in residential neighborhoods and near school facilities. Particularly in the early morning and afternoon hours. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports more than half of all school bus accidents occur between the hours of 7-8 a.m. or 3-4 p.m.

Palm Beach Schools offer the following tips to pedestrians near a school bus or bus stop:

-Stand away from the road.
-No horseplay.
-Parents should supervise children at bus stops if possible.
-Arrive at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
-Only board or deboard the bus at approved locations.
-Never pick up an object that falls beneath the bus.
-Wait for the driver’s signal before boarding or crossing the street.
-Keep arms, legs and hands inside the bus at all times.
-Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible.
-Give drivers time to see you before crossing the street.
-Keep looking for traffic while crossing the street.

The State Attorney’s office will begin its investigation into a St. Lucie school bus accident. It just received findings from the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) and will be looking to decide if the 56-year-old St. Lucie County public school bus driver will be cited for a traffic offense or will be criminally charged.

According to The Palm Beach Post, accident reports indicate that the driver was inattentive when he attempted to make a left-hand turn right in front of a tractor-trailer. The collision killed an 8-year-old bus rider and injured 16 other students. There were about 30 students on the bus when the accident happened just before 4:00 p.m. on a March afternoon. The accident happened near Midway and Okeechobee roads.

Our St. Lucie child injury attorneys understand that regardless of whether you are dealing with a school district or a bus company that has won a contract to provide transportation services, everyone has an obligation to the safety of kids. We want to make sure that our students are provided with safe and reliable rides to and from school and other related events.

The City of Boca Raton offers free shuttles for residents and visitors throughout certain areas of the City. These shuttles help to alleviate roadway congestion and they help to urge more residents to walk to their destination, fueling a healthier lifestyle.

Now there are even more routes to help you get to where you need to be. The Arvida Park of Commerce (APOC) East A & B Routes are now being operated by the City of Boca Raton. These shuttles will help travelers get from the Tri-Rail Station in Boca Raton to the Arvida Park of Commerce Office Park as well as making a number of stops along Congress Avenue. These routes are in operation from Monday through Friday between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. and they’re completely FREE!

Our Boca Raton injury attorneys understand that there are 14 stops along this new route. Much of the route will be along Commerce Boulevard and Congress Avenue. There will be one stop on One Park Place. With all of these stops, officials are sure that ridership will soon be increasing, especially with more residents being able to get out and enjoy their summer. Riders are asked to be cautious when hiking to the shuttle stop, when boarding, when riding and when getting off. Preventing pedestrian injuries is key.

There’s a lot of talk about the dangers of distracted driving and its influence on fatal car accidents in Boca Raton and elsewhere. The National Safety Council (NSC) is encouraging employers to take the issue seriously.

That’s why they’re reaching out and offering a little bit of help to get employers and employees across the nation to practice safer driving habits on our roadways.

Slowly but surely, employers are implementing comprehensive cell phone policies. The NSC recently released a newly updated Cell Phone Policy Kit to keep up with new research and statistics. The Council suggests that employers review the recommended materials and consider enacting bans on both hands-free and handheld devices for driving workers.

Buses are a prime form of transportation for a lot of residents and tourists in Florida, especially during Spring Break and the summer travel season.

Unfortunately, not many travelers think about looking into the safety ratings of busing companies before they book their trip. There’s good news though! The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently announced its launch of the SaferBus app. This is a free app that’s available to iPhone and iPad users and offers some great inside info on busing companies and safety ratings.

Don’t have an iPhone or an iPad? Don’t worry! You can also access this app on the “Look Before You Book” webpage and on the FMCSA’s website. This app, website and this information is offered to help travelers to avoid a potentially fatal busing accident in Boca Raton and elsewhere throughout the state of Florida.

Nearly everywhere they turn, children encounter a barrage of advertising on everything from energy drinks to jeans.

But upcoming legislation that proposes to embellish Florida school buses with these kinds of images creates the potential for distractions that could lead to school bus accidents in Fort Lauderdale and elsewhere in the state.

Think bright yellow school buses with ads for the latest in teen fashion gear or hottest new television shows.