Car Accident Lawyer Wins $2.4M Settlement for Couple Injured in 2017 Bus Crash on the New Jersey Turnpike

Two New Jersey motorists who were seriously hurt when the vehicle they were riding in on the New Jersey Turnpike in 2017 was struck by a Lakeland Bus Lines motor coach have reached a $2.4 million settlement with the bus company.

The couple, Victor Ibanez, then 42, and Danet Ibanez, then 35, were heading south at mile marker 107.3 in Essex, N.J., toward Newark on Aug. 22, 2017, when the bus crossed two lanes of traffic from the right lane of the highway and struck the Ibanez vehicle, according to a Feb. 13 story on

The crash pushed the Ibanez vehicle into the highway median. The bus was being driven by Lakeland Bus Lines driver Jose Hurtado.

Victor Ibanez suffered injuries that required a two-level spinal fusion at the cervical level, while Danet Ibanez underwent a one-level fusion and a one-level laminectomy, both at the lumbar and left knee arthroscopy, according to the story. They both underwent treatment and were eventually able to return to their jobs, he as an independent flooring contractor and she as a controller.

The couple’s lawsuit alleged negligence by Hurtado and the bus company. “Hurtado said the steering on the bus worked poorly, causing him to lose control,” though there was no evidence presented to prove the assertion, the story reported.

The lawsuit was settled Jan. 28 after mediation sessions when the bus company agreed to make the payment.

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