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Lawsuit Filed in Fatal New Jersey Crash

The parents of a student who was injured in a fatal school bus in Mount Olive, New Jersey last month have filed a lawsuit against the Belleville-based owners of the dump truck that struck the bus.

Details of the Fatal School Bus Crash

According to NJ Advance Media, 43 Paramus middle school students were injured and one student and a teacher were killed when a dump truck crashed into a school bus on Interstate 80.

Video of the crash obtained by the Department of Transportation appears to show the dump truck swerving in an attempt to avoid the school bus, which was attempting a U-turn through a cut-through in the eastbound lanes of the interstate.

The 77-year-old driver of the school bus, Hudy Muldrow Sr., was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide for the deaths of Miranda Vargas, 10, and Jennifer Williamson, 51. He has since been released from jail pending indictment.

The lawsuit names Mendez Trucking and seeks damages for “severe, grievous, permanent, and painful enemies” for which the child remains hospitalized. Prior to the lawsuit, the truck driver and the owner of the truck have not faced blame for the collision.

School Transportation Accident Statistics

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 1,344 people killed in school-transportation-related crashes recorded between 2004 and 2013. This averages to 134 fatalities per year.
  • Of the 1,344 fatalities, only 8 percent were occupants of school transportation vehicles.
  • Most (71%) of the people who lost their lives in these crashes were occupants of other vehicles involved in the crashes.
  • Nonoccupants, including pedestrians, bicyclists, etc., accounted for 21 percent of the fatalities.
  • Among the 106 occupants killed in school transportation vehicles between 2004 and 2013, 45 were drivers and 61 were passengers.

Contact an Experienced School Bus Accident Attorney

At Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys, we have the experience and resources to handle your child’s case. If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, contact our offices. Our experienced bus accident lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends, and can provide you with a free case review.

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