Parents send their children off to school each day on school buses that they trust are well maintained and safe, but last year in New Jersey, over 20,000 school buses, vans, and cars were taken out of service for failing to pass their bi-annual safety inspection. Over 6,000 other school buses and vehicles were given 30 days to fix problems that caused them to fail their safety inspection.
New Jersey mandates that school buses and other vehicles that transport children to and from schools are to be inspected twice a year using a 180-point safety checklist. Vehicles that fail to pass these safety inspections are taken off the road immediately. Any buses with problems in the steering mechanisms, brake systems, windshields, or emergency exit doors are considered dangerous and result in the vehicle being suspended from service until repairs are completed. All exit signs, lights, seatbelts, and tires are also included in the inspection and defects that can not be immediately fixed will receive a 30-day grace period to repair the problems, or be taken off the road until the problems have been remedied.
New Jersey State Police routinely conduct random spot checks on school buses and transportation vehicles. These are in addition to the bi-annual inspections and are aimed at ensuring vehicles responsible for transporting students are safe and well maintained. There are currently 44,000 school busses and other school transportation vehicles in use throughout New Jersey.
New Jersey Bus Safety Reports
The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission has established a database where all school vehicle safety violations are published. Parents and interested parties can log onto the New Jersey School Bus Report Card to see a detailed list of the safety violations on specific school buses, as well as a pass/fail report on each bus company contracted with the state. New Jersey works hard to keep its children safe, but parents can ensure their safety by diligently checking the safety reports on their child’s school bus.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 327 children were fatally injured in school bus accidents since 2004. Of those that passed, 54 of them were riding inside the school bus at the time of the crash. Most children involved in school bus accidents are those outside of the bus and are smaller children that are crossing in front of the bus or behind the bus, out of the driver’s range of vision. Keeping buses and other school related transportation vehicles properly maintained and inspected can help reduce the number of children harmed in school bus accidents each year.
New Jersey Bus Accident Lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP Represent Victims Injured in School and Public Transportation AccidentsNew Jersey takes great pride in their efforts to ensure its children are free from unnecessary safety risks while traveling to and from school. Unfortunately, accidents can still happen. If you or someone you know has been injured in a school bus or other public transportation accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Call the experienced team of New Jersey bus accident lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP at 732-777-0100, or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today. Our offices are conveniently located in Red Bank, Toms River, and Edison, New Jersey, and we proudly serve clients throughout the state.