How Did an NJ Transit Bus Drag a Man Two Miles Before Stopping?

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New Jersey is a big place, and to get around many people in our state take advantage of our public transportation system. NJ Transit, one of the largest public transport authorities in the country, is responsible for bus and rail systems that go deep into our cities and travel beyond the borders of the state. But what happens when something goes wrong on an NJ Transit bus or rail line?

Why Was a Man Dragged Two Miles by a NJ Transit Bus?

It was December of 2014 when a 63-year-old man was walking his dog in Wayne, New Jersey. The man and pooch were crossing an intersection when a bus ran into the duo. An NJ Transit bus driver hadn’t noticed the man and canine while taking a left-hand turn. Even after the impact, the driver kept on going.

The collision killed the dog and rolled the man under the bus where he was snagged on the rear axle and dragged two miles. Passengers on the bus noticed the man as he was being dragged. They called authorities and forced the bus driver to stop.

The 63-year-old suffered several broken bones, burns and a loss of vision in his right eye. Eventually his case made its way to court, where New Jersey Transit settle the case for $2.3 million. This settlement will go some way toward the man’s damages and medical bills, but his loss is still staggering.

NJ Transit, though one of the biggest transit authorities, also has a history of problems when it comes to passenger injuries. This experience means that anyone who suffers injuries on an NJ Transit vehicle needs to contact experience legal help. To learn more about what you can do to protect yourself while riding public transport, keep following the blog at the Law Offices of Dennis E. Block.