What Are the Common Causes of Train Accidents in NJ?

Train accidents can have severe and even fatal consequences. If you or a loved one was involved in one, you should consider your legal options. Read on to learn more, and reach out to our skilled Essex County personal injury attorneys to discuss your case. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you obtain the compensation you rightfully deserve.

How do train accidents occur in New Jersey?

There are several different ways that train accidents can happen in New Jersey. However, the majority of these accidents are usually a consequence of:

  • Train operator negligence
  • Speeding
  • Sudden stops or starts
  • Train derailment
  • Poorly maintained tracks
  • Train collisions
  • Poor weather conditions such as snow, ice, or heavy fog

How can I satisfy the burden of proof for my personal injury claim?

If you were hurt in a train accident and would like to seek legal action, you will want to take the following measures:

  • Document the scene
  • Take photos and videos of the dangerous conditions that caused your accident to happen
  • Acquire witness contacts
  • If anyone saw your accident occur, ask for their contact information
  • Seek medical attention
  • Going to the hospital will supply you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries
  • Contact a personal injury attorney to ensure you have the strongest evidence supporting your claim

If you or a loved one have been injured in a train accident in the state of New Jersey, you may be qualified to retrieve compensation. Give our firm a call today to discuss your case with an experienced and dedicated personal injury lawyer.

What is the statute of limitations in New Jersey?

If you would like to seek legal action after an injury because of another party’s negligence, you will have to do so within a specific amount of time. This deadline is understood as the statute of limitations. Typically, in New Jersey, you will have two years from the date of the accident to file your claim. However, train accidents can be more difficult. This is because they may concern a government entity. If you are taking legal action against NJ Transit, you will be required to file a Notice of Claim. This will inform NJ Transit that you plan to seek legal action. This will have to be filed within 90 days of the accident. If you fail to file within 90 days will likely mean losing your chance to recover the compensation you need and deserve. Do not wait to give our legal team a call today to avoid missing any of your claim’s important deadlines. We are here to help you.

Contact our Experienced New Jersey Firm

If you have been injured due to the negligence of another party, contact the Law Office of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. for a free consultation today.