Mercedes Perez was hit head-on by a New Jersey transit bus while crossing the street in 2008. Her legs were pinned underneath the bus and she suffered extensive injuries. As a result, she was forced to have her left leg and right foot amputated. Furthermore, she suffered brain damage, losing her ability to speak or feed herself. She was placed in a rehabilitative center and faced enormous medical mounting medical costs.
Ms. Perez’s case was not settled until almost 3 ½ years later in 2012. However, as a result of her patience, her attorney was able to get $7.85 million to cover her damages. Additionally, she will now be able to receive care in a private facility.
This case calls into question how safe everyone in New Jersey is. The bus driver that struck Mr. Perez was newly hired and she was halfway across the street when the driver struck her. Transit vehicles are massive and cause enormous damage when involved in an accident. Consequently, they should have a higher duty to respect the safety of other drivers or pedestrians on the road. NJ Transit should definitely be more careful in the future.