For many people, the train is their main form of transportation. It is a quick and easy way to travel, but, visiting the train station can be more dangerous than you may realize. Read on to learn more about train accidents in New Jersey and what to do in the event of an accident.
Common Causes of Train Accidents
Train accidents can occur in a number of ways, in various places.
Some accidents occur on the train, such as:
- Doors closing too soon
- Sudden stops
- Operator negligence
- People being dragged under the trail
- Electrical injuries due to malfunctions
- Obstructed walkways
Other accidents occur in the station or on the platform. For example:
- Robberies and other criminal activity due to poor security
- Broken escalators
- Broken stairs or platforms
- Poor lighting
- Trip and falls in the stations or on the platform due to ice or snow
Who is Responsible for a Train Accident?
If you are injured in a train station or on a train, you may be entitled to recover compensation for the burdens you face as a result of your injuries. But, in order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to determine which party is responsible for your accident. In some cases, an accident may be due to a manufacturing error. A train is comprised of many parts, and if even just one malfunctions, serious accidents can occur. Other times, an accident is due to the negligence of the operator. Some accidents are caused by unsafe conditions in the train station, and so on. You should reach out to a personal injury attorney to determine who may be held responsible for your accident. It is important to do so sooner rather than later. This is because of the statute of limitations. In New Jersey, you will have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim. But, if you are taking legal action against NJ Transit, you will have 90 days to file a Notice of Claim. Failing to meet these important deadlines can mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you need and deserve.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a train accident in New Jersey, contact our firm today to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney.
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