What to Know About Train Accidents in New Jersey

New Jersey residents take the train often, as it is a quick and easy way to get to major cities like NYC or Philadelphia. As a result, it is important to understand how train accidents occur and what to do in the event of an injury. Read on to learn more about train accidents in New Jersey.

How do train accidents occur?

Unfortunately, there are numerous ways for a train accident to occur. The most common include:

  • Derailments
  • Doors closing too soon
  • Collisions
  • Sudden stops
  • Turnstyle injuries
  • Operator negligence
  • People being dragged under the trail
  • Electrical injuries
  • 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

What type of injuries are common?

A train accident can result in life-altering injuries, including:

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

Fulfilling the burden of proof:

In order to recover compensation for a train accident, you will need to fulfill the burden of proof. This means providing proof that your accident was a direct result of another party’s negligence. This can involve taking pictures and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur. Additionally, it is important to seek medical attention immediately after an accident. This will ensure that your injuries receive proper treatment while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. You should also work with an experienced personal injury attorney, as an attorney may be able to obtain further proof that you could not otherwise access. This may include police reports, security camera footage, and more.

Who can be held responsible for a train accident?

As previously stated, train accidents can happen for any number of reasons. In some cases, NJ Transit will be held responsible for the accident. When this occurs, you will have to file a notice of claims within 90 days. This is a much shorter period of time than New Jersey’s typical statute of limitations, which is generally two years from the date of the accident.

If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, our firm is here to advocate for you. Reach out today to discuss your case with an experienced personal injury attorney.

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