How do Train Accidents Occur in New Jersey?

In New Jersey, trains are a common form of transportation. While trains often feel like a safe, hassle-free option, they can be more dangerous than you may realize. Unfortunately, when train accidents occur, they can have serious consequences. Read on to learn more about train accidents in New Jersey.

How do Train Accidents Occur?

Both trains and train stations can be dangerous and accidents can be caused by a number of different factors. Accidents are often due to:

  • Derailments
  • Doors closing too soon
  • Collisions
  • Sudden stops
  • Turnstyle injuries
  • Operator negligence
  • People being dragged under the trail
  • Electrical injuries due to malfunctions
  • Obstructed walkways
  • Robberies and other criminal activity due to poor subway security
  • Broken escalators
  • Broken stairs or platforms
  • Poor lighting
  • Trip and falls in the stations or on the platform due to ice or snow

Common Injuries Sustained in Train Accidents

Trains are made of countless parts working together, and if something goes wrong, serious injuries can occur. Some of the most commonly sustained injuries in train accidents are as follows:

  • Ligament, tendon and muscle injuries
  • Bone fractures or breaks
  • Electrocution
  • Burns or dismemberment
  • Traumatic head injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Paralysis or death

What is the Statute of Limitations for a Train Accident in New Jersey?

If you have been involved in a train accident, there is a good chance that you are seriously injured. You may be facing serious emotional, physical, and financial burdens and you likely deserve compensation as a result. In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to make sure to file your personal injury claim on time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally two years from the date of the accident. This means that if you fail to file within two years, you will likely lose your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve. You should reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney to avoid missing any important deadlines. Additionally, an attorney can help you determine who is at fault. This is important because a municipality may be responsible for your injury. If this is the case, you will need to file a Notice of Claim. Generally, the state of New Jersey allows 90 days from the date of the injury to file a Notice of Claim. Reach out to our firm to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney today.

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If you have been injured due to the negligence of another party and wish to speak with an attorney, contact the Law Office of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. today.