How do Train Accidents Occur in New Jersey?

New Jersey residents take the train often. For many, it is the quickest way to get to and from work or school. Because we take the train so often, and it is so deeply ingrained into our routines, we do not often consider the dangers. In reality, trains can be much more dangerous than you may realize. Read on to learn more about train accidents in New Jersey and what to do if an accident occurs.

How do Train Accidents Occur?

There are countless ways that a train accident can happen. But, for the most part, these accidents are due to:

  • Derailments
  • Faulty equipment
  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Lack of seatbelts or safety features
  • Driving under the influence
  • Drowsy driving
  • Driver/technician negligence
  • Poorly maintained waiting areas
  • Slip and falls
  • Product malfunction

Fulfilling the Burden of Proof

If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you will have to provide proof that this negligence occurred. You can do this by taking pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. Additionally, you should obtain witness contacts. If anyone saw your accident occur, ask for their name and number. It is important to seek medical attention, as this will ensure that your injuries are properly treated while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries.

Can I Sue a Municipality or Government Organization?

If you are injured in a train accident in New Jersey, you will most likely take legal action against NJ Transit. When you need to take legal action against a municipality or government organization, you must file a Notice of Claim. A Notice of Claim notifies the organization that you will be taking legal action. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally two years from the date of the accident. But, the deadline to file your Notice of Claim is much shorter. In New Jersey, you will have to file a Notice of Claim within 90 days. As a result, you should reach out to an experienced attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can determine which party should be held responsible and help you take the necessary steps to recover the compensation you 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 and dedicated attorney.


Stathis & Leonardis, LLC is an experienced personal injury law firm in Middlesex County, New Jersey that is committed to helping clients who have been hurt due to another party’s negligence. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident or were injured on another person’s property, please do not hesitate to contact our firm today.

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