New Jersey Train Accident Lawyers
NJ Personal Injury Attorneys Help Train Accident Victims in Essex County, Ocean County, Monmouth County, and Middlesex County
With motor vehicle accidents occurring in record numbers, more and more people are using public transportation these days. In New Jersey and New York, public transportation on trains is practically a way of life. When you ride on a train in the Garden State, you trust that the people operating that train will not do anything that places your health, or your life, at risk.
Unfortunately, train accidents still happen. Worse yet, trains operated by New Jersey Transit, PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson), New Jersey Rail, and Metro North typically do not have seatbelts. This means that a New Jersey train accident often results in catastrophic injuries to passengers.
Whether the train accident was caused by a defective part on the train, a negligent or intoxicated conductor, an overworked motorman being pressured to travel at higher speeds in order to stay on schedule, or for any other reason, the injured passengers may need to seek qualified legal counsel in order to be compensated for their injuries. Moreover, litigating a train accident case will likely require an in-depth understanding of both state laws and federal statutes, which is why you need a knowledgeable personal injury attorney on your side throughout the legal process.
The aggressive personal injury attorneys at Lombardi and Lombardi P.A. have decades of combined experience fighting on behalf of clients injured in NJ train accidents. We are not afraid to fight powerful government agencies in order to get our clients the compensation they need, want, and deserve for their train accident injuries.
NJ Train Accidents and Derailments Can Cause Catastrophic Injuries
Public transit officials and train operators in New Jersey have a legal duty to ensure that you remain safe while riding on trains and other forms of public transit. When a train operator fails in their duty to keep passengers safe, the end result is often catastrophic injuries to the people on board the train.
One of the most common causes of train accident injuries is a sudden jerk and jolt. This typically occurs when the train operator or engineer makes a sudden stop, resulting in the passengers being jerked forward and/or backward while riding on the train.
Some other examples of public transportation accidents include:
· Train derailment
· Train hits car on tracks
· Defective door on train
· Bus collides with another motor vehicle
· Bus hits a curb
Although train derailments are rare, the reality is that they can have devastating consequences when they do occur. That’s because trains are often traveling at extremely high speeds at the moment of a derailment, resulting in a great force of impact that causes significant property damage and potentially fatal injuries to the people on board the train. Moreover, the debris from train derailments can also seriously injure people who are standing on train platforms as they wait for their train to arrive at the station.
Liability for Accidents inside NJ Train Stations
NJ Transit, PATH, and other New Jersey public transit agencies also have a legal responsibility to ensure that you are safe and free from injury while standing in train stations, bus terminals, and concourses. Under premises liability law, the operators of the train stations must fix any defective conditions on the property. This means that a person who falls on a broken step in a train station staircase, stumbles into a hole in the concrete at a bus stop, or loses their balance due to the loose railing on a train platform can potentially file a lawsuit for damages.
Free Consultation with Skilled New Jersey Train Accident Attorneys to Explore Your Legal Options
If you have been injured in a New Jersey train accident, the experienced attorneys at Lombardi and Lombardi P.A. can help you. Keep in mind that you have a limited amount of time in which to file a personal injury claim arising from a train accident in NJ. That’s why it is absolutely imperative that you speak with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney as soon as possible. There may also be a cap on the total amount of damages that can be recovered in any one train accident, which means that the injured train passengers who act the quickest are most likely to receive compensation.
We will work with independent investigators, interview eyewitnesses, and conductors, reconstruct the accident scene, and preserve important physical evidence to make sure that the negligent parties in your NJ train accident are held accountable. We will also assist injured clients with their medical bills while the case is being litigated.
Contact us today to discuss your train accident case over the phone or schedule a free, in-person consultation at our conveniently located offices in Brick and Edison. We can also travel to meet with you at home or in the hospital.