A jury awarded plaintiff $1.8 million in damages against New Jersey Transit and its bus driver for injuries she sustained when an unidentified bus passenger struck plaintiff in the head with a thrown glass bottle. We affirm the trial court's determination to hold defendants to the common carrier standard of negligence but conclude the trial court misinterpreted applicable statutes when it denied defendants' request to include the bottle thrower on the verdict sheet.
We hold that joint tortfeasors are not required to apportion liability in cases involving a public entity. Instead, a jury should be permitted to apportion liability when a public employee or entity is determined to be a tortfeasor in a cause of action with one or more other tortfeasors.
We therefore affirm the liability verdict and award of damages but vacate the final judgment and remand for another jury to address the issue of allocation of fault between the bottle thrower and defendants.