The NJ State Police noted that the crash occurred December 17 at 7:50 am at mile marker 97 on the turnpike. One of the passengers on the bus was trapped in the vehicle, and eight people were seriously hurt. The trapped passenger eventually was extricated and taken to a hospital.
One of the bus passengers said that he heard one of the trucks slam into the bus and he felt glass flying over his head. He added that the bus driver was highly professional and helped everyone exit the bus as quickly as possible.
The cause of the accident is not yet known, and the case may take time to sort through, given the number of vehicles involved.
While we do not know yet the cause of this accident, as personal injury attorneys in Virginia, we frequently work on complex truck accident cases where driver negligence led to the serious injury or death of our clients. In one 2006 case, we won a settlement of $2.4 million for our client, when a tractor trailer driver tried to change lanes but did not properly judge the distance between his truck and the rear of our client’s car. He clipped the rear of the vehicle, which flipped the car over and killed our client. By proving that the family of our client suffered tremendous emotional and economic loss, we obtained justice for them.
Remember that if you are in a truck accident, you can suffer both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are medical expenses, physical therapy, medication and other medical treatment, as well as lost salary. Non-economic damages include pain and suffering, as well as the emotional impact of the truck crash.