Middlesex County Mass Transit Accident Attorneys

Mass Transit Accidents

Representing NJ clients after a train or bus accident

Millions of people are served by buses and trains throughout the state of New Jersey and to neighboring cities like New York City and Philadelphia. Mass transit prides itself on being a dependable, affordable, and safe way to get around. Whether a person is traveling by bus or by train, NJ Transit is a widely popular option. As passengers, we hope that the operators and regulators of these machines take every precaution to protect us as we travel. Unfortunately, traveling on trains and buses do come with a degree of risk. If you have been injured in a train or bus accident in Middlesex County or throughout New Jersey, contact Stathis & Leonardis for a consultation to discuss your legal options.

Bus accidents

Buses share the same congested and dangerous roads as everyone else in New Jersey. They are susceptible to the same hazards we all face while navigating urban and suburban streets. Unfortunately, passengers on buses can easily be hurt, regardless of whether they are traveling on an NJ Transit bus, a school bus, or a bus through a private company. Some of the many reasons a person can be injured on a bus include:

  • A lack of seatbelts or other safety features
  • Sudden stops and starts
  • Discharging of passengers on unsafe or poorly maintained roadways
  • Improper maintenance
  • Human error

If you have been injured on a bus, it is important to consult with an attorney to discuss your legal matter. If your injuries were caused by another person’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for the effects on your life and future.

Train accidents

Though train accidents happen less frequently than other motor vehicle accidents, they are still quite serious. Trains are safer because they are sheltered from many of the hazards that put a bus at risk. However, there have been incidents where negligence has led to injury and even death. Like buses, trains do not come with safety constraints to keep passengers seated and often have passengers that stand for the ride due to overcrowding. Some of the hazards that can lead to serious results include:

  • Improper speed
  • Sudden starts and stops
  • Train derailment
  • Improper maintenance
  • Human error

If you are injured on a train because of negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

A municipality may be to blame

Determining who is responsible for your injuries in a train or bus accident can be quite complicated. NJ Transit operates both trains and buses throughout the state. However, people can become injured on private buses as well. It may be difficult to assign blame. When you need to take legal action against a municipality or government organization, it is important to note that the time to file a Notice of Claim is much shorter than all other personal injury cases. It is important to determine the negligent party and act as quickly as possible and file a Notice of Claim within 90 days.

Contact a Middlesex County Mass Transit Accident Attorney

Stathis & Leonardis has years of experience helping injured clients get the compensation they deserve when they are hurt on a bus or train. We often do not consider the hazards we face when commuting, but the negligence of those who operate and regulate our mass transit options can wreak havoc on our lives. If you have been injured in an accident on public transportation, contact Stathis & Leonardis for a consultation.

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