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What Caused This New Jersey Transit Bus Accident?

In late August, we wrote about a New Jersey Transit bus accident that occurred where one bus T-boned another, injured 17 people and killing two. Now, a video has been released showing a bus driver running a stoplight that had been red for 34 seconds. What is Driver Error? While it’s true we’re all human and make mistakes, bus drivers can’t afford to make errors while they’re on the road. That said, all bus drivers must drive cautiously and defensively in order to avoid injuring themselves and their passengers. Unfortunately, some bus drivers fail to do so. This is called driver error. The most common types of bus driver error can include: Running red lights or stop signs Speeding Attempting sharp turns and sudden lane changes Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol Distracted driving Fatigued driving Continuing to drive after signs of system or equipment malfunction is apparent…
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Are NJ Transit Trains Safe?

In our last blog post, we talked about the train that smashed into the Hoboken train terminal. The train crash killed one woman and injured at least 100 other people. While the cause of the train crash is still under investigation, experts believe operator error was the cause. This crash has drawn attention to the fact that NJ Transit trains have been involved in at least 150 other accidents, which have caused more than $4.8 million in track or equipment damage in the last five years alone. Moreover, the transit system has paid more than $500,000 to settle 183 additional safety violations that (horrifyingly) include everything from employee drug or alcohol use to violation of railroad operating rules. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, there were 25 reported train accidents in 2015 and at least 10 in the first seven months of 2016. Types of Common NJ Train Accidents…
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What Caused the Hoboken Train Crash?

New Jersey residents received a shock when, during the morning rush hour, a high-speed train packed with passengers slammed into a terminal. One woman died on the platform and more than 100 people were injured in the Hoboken train crash. According to witnesses on the scene, the train overran its designated stopping point, smashed into a bumper block, which caused it to go airborne and crashed through one of the busiest terminals in the New York area. While the cause of the train crash is still under investigation, engineering experts believe it was likely caused by human error. The engineer claims he entered the train station at only 10 miles per hour, was fully rested and was not on his cell phone. The engineer also said he does not remember the crash itself. However, at a recent press conference, New Jersey Transit officials confirmed the train was definitely going too…
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