August 18, 2022
Two Dead and More than a Dozen Injured After a Deadly Bus Crash Along the New Jersey Turnpike
(PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 16, 2022) – A deadly bus crash along the New Jersey Turnpike near Woodbridge Township August 9 left two dead and more than a dozen injured after the bus collided with an F-150 Ford pickup truck. According to law enforcement, the driver of the bus, a double-decker Megabus owned by Coach USA, LLC, lost control of the bus and struck the pickup before veering in the opposite direction. The bus then collided with the guardrail and overturned onto the Thomas Edison Service Area entrance ramp.
The bus was en route from New York to Philadelphia at the time of the crash, carrying 22 passengers. Three people, including the driver, suffered serious injuries, 14 passengers sustained non-life-threatening injuries, and four were unharmed in the accident. Two of the three seriously injured later died due to the seriousness of their injuries. No occupants of the pickup truck were harmed.
Over 750 million people travel by commercial charter buses in the United States, opting for less expensive fares than airlines and passenger trains. However, bus travel is not without certain risks. Accidents involving large commercial charter buses, particularly double-decker buses, frequently result in severe injuries to the passengers and other vehicles involved in the crash.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, accidents involving motorcoach buses are commonly the result of driver error, many of which are preventable. Other causes include:
- Weather conditions, particularly rain, snow or ice storms
- Speeding and ignoring posted slower-speed zones
- Driver distraction, such as texting or talking on the phone, eating, or arguing with a passenger
- Driver fatigue or operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Poor vehicle maintenance or broken operating or safety features
- Traveling too closely to other vehicles or veering in and out of traffic
- Ignoring street signs, traffic lights, or recommended speed limits during turns or approaching intersections
- Missing or broken identifiers, such as head lights or running lights, making the bus more visible to other motorists
If you have been injured in a bus accident, such as the Megabus crash in New Jersey, it is highly recommended that you hire a skilled personal injury attorney to represent you in filing a claim for damages. Cases involving commercial buses have unique circumstances regarding negligence and the parties responsible. These cases are complex and require personal injury attorneys who are knowledgeable and experienced and have the resources to fight for the compensation you deserve. You may be entitled to loss of income, medical costs, disability, disfigurement, pain and suffering, and more, depending on the circumstances of your case and the extent of your injuries. One of the victims of the crash will be represented by the legal team at Anthony Gagliano III, P.C. Mr. Gagliano is available to represent any other victims or their families as they focus on recovery in the wake of this tragedy.
Philadelphia Bus Accident Attorneys at Anthony C. Gagliano III, P.C. Represent Clients Injured in a Motorcoach Charter Bus Collision
Accidents involving large commercial charter buses frequently result in severe and life-altering injuries. The complexity of these cases can make it difficult to navigate alone. If you have been injured due to bus collision, the experienced Philadelphia bus accident lawyers at Anthony C. Gagliano III, P.C. are here for you. Located in Philadelphia, we serve clients throughout Montgomery County, Delaware County and Norristown, Pennsylvania.