May 262012

New Jersey school buses are subject to both federal and state regulations and must undergo inspections in order to be operated in the state. Despite these regulations and procedures, bus accidents are very common and the injuries to children can be very serious.

In 1998, the New Jersey School Bus Enhanced Safety Act was passed, giving the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission authority to oversee inspection of all New Jersey school vehicles. School vehicles are vehicles or buses which transport children in the following situations:

  • school,
  • nursery school/daycare,
  • camp, or
  • for religious purposes.

Under New Jersey law, multiple parties may be liable in a bus accident case such as:

  • a government entity,
  • a school bus operating company, or
  • a school bus maintenance company.

Government entities and agencies such as public school districts can be held liable for negligence pursuant to the New Jersey Tort Claims Act. However, there are strict notice requirements, including a 90 day notice requirement. Failure to comply with the requirements may result in denial of a claim.

Many schools hire bus operating companies to maintain and operate their school buses. This means that there may be claims against those companies for negligence in operation or maintenance.

Each case is unique and requires careful investigation into the facts to determine the liability of all parties.

If you’d like to have your case reviewed by our New Jersey car accident lawyers, call 215.925.4451. Our lawyers are available for a free, no obligation legal consultation.

The car and truck accident lawyers at Schwartz & Blackman handle cases in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey area:

  • PA: Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia County, Allentown, Lehigh Valley, Norristown, Philadelphia
  • NJ: Atlantic County, Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Camden, Cherry Hill, New Jersey shore cities

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Published: May 26, 2012

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