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Over One Dozen Students Injured in NJ Bus Accident

In early June, an accident involving two school buses left 17 third-graders with minor injuries. According to reports, nearly 90 students were on their way to Museum Village in upstate New York for a field trip when debris in the roadway caused one bus to lose control. The bus was rear-ended by another bus, shattering windows and leading to the children’s injuries. Emergency responders evaluated the health of the students after the bus accident and described the injuries as very minor, mostly cuts, bumps and bruises, but given the size of the buses involved, it could easily have been worse. School Bus Accident Brings to Light Differences in New Jersey Law New Jersey is one of the only states in the nation that requires all school buses to be equipped with three-point seat belts. Why is it that most states do not have such a requirement? Wouldn’t seat belts make…
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Do Seat Belts Actually Make School Buses Safer?

You might not know this if you’ve never ventured far from New Jersey, but we are one of only six states in the country that requires school buses to have seat belts. That might seem outrageous given how important seat belts are to protecting drivers and passengers from serious injury in crashes. If passenger vehicles all have seat belts, why are we not doing everything we can to protect our children from bus crash injuries? Do Seat Belts Make School Buses Safer? The answer is more nuanced than you might think. Federal law requires school bus seat belts only on buses that weigh less than 10,000 pounds, and your typical school bus will exceed that weight. Why do small buses need seat belts, but not large buses? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration performed a cost/benefit analysis and determined that the costs of equipping every school bus with seat belts…
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What Caused This NJ 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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