A Toronto bus carrying passengers to New York, was involved in rollover accident in New Jersey on Saturday October 6, 2012. According to reports, the Toronto bus rolled over while exiting a ramp on Interstate 80 in New Jersey. More than 20 passengers were reportedly injured as a result of this bus accident, and many were treated in local hospitals.
While it is too early to determine the exact cause of this bus accident, early reports suggest that there may be negligence on the part of the bus driver and bus company. In addition, there are reports that another vehicle may have cut-off the bus, and then fled the scene. The police are investigating the circumstances of this bus accident, and charged may yet be laid.
In addition, this bus accident may also lead to civil suits on behalf of the passengers who were injured as a result of the bus rollover accident. The injred passengers of the bus will be entitled to advance claims for accident benefits and may also be able to bring tort claims. The possibility of another vehicle having had some role in this accident also raises the possibility of an unidentified vehicle claim. Where there is evidence of an unidentified vehicle, a civil suit will likely need to include the insurance company for unidentified motorist coverage. In such accidents, there may be compensation available through insurance, which provides coverage for unidentified vehicles following a hit-and-run car accidents. Accessing the uninsured motorist insurance coverage is complex and there are strict deadlines.
Given that this bus accident involves potentially many parties, and complex issues of liability on the part of the bus driver, bus operator and, possibly, an unidentified vehicle, it would be important for those injured to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer without delay. Since this was a cross-border bus accident that occurred in New Jersey, there are also choice of law and venue issues that will need to be considered by a personal injury lawyer.
Iacobelli Law Firm is an Ontario personal injury law firm with expertise in complex motor vehicle and commercial vehicle accidents. Lawyer Andrew Iacobelli is also experienced in cross-border and multi-jurisdictional claims, and has practiced personal injury law in the United States and Canada. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident, or have been involved in a cross-border accident, it is important to speak with a personal injury lawyer as soon as practicle. The insurance companies will mobilize quickly in order to limit their exposure and defeat your potential claim. Where commercial vehicles are involved, it is especially important to have an experienced personal injury lawyer investigating the circumstances of the accident and preserving evidence, so that the insurance company does not obtain the upper hand.
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