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Transit Bus Passenger Receives $11 Million Settlement

Overall, public transportation is a relatively safe and secure mode of transportation. In fact, public transit has about a tenth of the traffic fatality rate as automobile travel. Areas that are more public transit oriented have about one fifth of the traffic casualty rate as those that are more automobile-centric. Between 2000 and 2009, car or light truck driver and passenger fatalities occurred at a rate of 7.28 per billion passenger miles. Urban mass transit fatalities had a rate of 0.24 per billion miles traveled. Bus transportation had a fatality rate of 0.11 per billion miles traveled. Despite these statistics, accidents have been known to happen. 

New Jersey.com reports that a transit bus passenger received an $11 million settlement for a crash at a toll plaza. Jimmy L. Jones suffered spinal injuries in a crash that occurred on May 26, 2016 in the Lincoln Tunnel. 

The driver of the bus veered into a closed westbound lane as it approached the Lincoln Tunnel plaza. It struck the open door of a toll booth according to court paperwork. 

Jones filed a lawsuit against New Jersey Transit, the driver, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He alleged carelessness, negligence, and recklessness. 

Following the accident, Jones had to undergo a three-level cervical fusion surgery. 

New Jersey Transit argued that Jones had a pre-existing injury. 

The lawsuit was filed on May 3, 2017. As a jury was being selected in August, the lawsuit was settled. It was approved by the State Office of the Attorney General last month. 

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