Trains are complex machines comprised of numerous parts that must all work together. If just one part malfunctions, serious accidents can occur. Additionally, employees must ensure that passengers are safe and all runs smoothly, but people make mistakes and act negligently at times. Train accidents are not very common, but when they do occur, they can result in serious injuries. Read on to learn more about train accidents in New Jersey.
How do Train Accidents Occur?
When train accidents occur, they are often the result of negligence. Some of the most common forms of negligence include:
- Train operator negligence
- Sudden stops
- Failing to maintain trains and train tracks
What do I do if I am Involved in an Accident?
When it comes to a personal injury case, you will have to provide proof of negligence. In order to do this, it is important to take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. Additionally, you should be sure to seek medical attention right away. This will ensure that your injuries are properly treated while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be suffering physically, emotionally, and financially. There is a good chance you deserve compensation for these burdens. But, in order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to take legal action within a certain amount of time. In New Jersey, you will generally have two years from the date of the accident to file your claim. But, to sue New Jersey Transit or any other governmental entity, you must strictly adhere to the guidelines listed in the New Jersey Tort Claims Act N.J.S.A. 59:1-1 et seq. Essentially, the Act states that individuals must file a Notice of Claim within 90 days of their accident. If they do not, they will most like be barred from suing. This means 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, reach out to our firm today.
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