Bus driver’s illegal U-turn responsible for violent collision

Written on behalf of Abramson Smith Waldsmith LLP

Incredible Attorneys Who Actually Care.

Meet the Team →
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

When mass transit companies hire drivers to man their fleet, they often require that each candidate provide adequate proof that they are eligible to be driving legally in California. Along with this confirmation, they require their drivers to undergo so much training to verify that their driving skills and awareness are in line with company policies and requirements. However, a closer look at a person’s driving history including a thorough background check, is often not required by many transit companies. 

This could all change with the significant push in awareness created by a father who suffered a traumatic loss after a bus driver made an illegal U-turn that caused a violent collision. The accident happened in Paramus, New Jersey when a group of elementary students and their accompanying teachers and chaperones were on their way to a field trip. Their bus driver missed his exit and pulled into an area that was designated as a turnaround for authorities. In the process of making an illegal U-turn, the bus was hit by a dump truck. 

As a result of the collision, a 10-year-old girl and a teacher were killed. The father of the 10-year-old girl and her twin sister who was injured in the crash, is now pushing for stricter laws that require a background check of all bus drivers. His quest to change the law is centered around the fact that the bus driver’s license had been suspended 14 times. The father hopes that a change to the law may prevent unnecessary tragedies that stem from hiring drivers who have an unstable driving past. 

If people have been the victims of a bus crash, they may wish to hire an attorney to help them work through the legalities of seeking compensation. A legal professional has the experience to gather evidence and prevent it in a way that clearly defines how victims’ lives were altered by one person’s irresponsible decision. 

Source: northjersey.com, “Father of Paramus bus crash victim advocates for stricter background checks on drivers,” Sarah Nolan, Sept. 18, 2018

Jeffrey R. Smith

Jeffrey R. Smith

Managing Partner

Robert B. Waldsmith

Robert J. Waldsmith

Partner, 1999

William B. Smith

William B. Smith

Partner, 1978

View All Videos

Video Center
01 06

View All Practice Areas

Core Practice Areas

Motor

Vehicle Accidents

There are two things to establish in any motor vehicle accident case: the cause of the accident (fault) and the full cost of the injuries and losses. As we prepare your case, we will investigate both of these.

Cata-
strophic

& Serious Injuries

People suffering from a brain injury, spinal cord injury or other severe injury will require extensive medical treatment, rehabilitative therapy and other long-term care.

Sexual

Abuse & Molestation

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

Sports

injuries

Claims related to sports and recreation injuries can be complicated. These cases often include issues involving waivers and the “assumption of risk” defense.

Brain

& Spine Injuries

When you or a loved one suffers a traumatic brain injury (TBI), life changes dramatically. Even mild TBIs can lead to years of recovery and rehabilitation.

Other

Practice areas

The personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Abramson Smith Waldsmith LLP have more than 100 years of combined experience guiding clients through the legal process.

Scroll to Top
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Call ASWLLP Now

(415) 421-7995