Though people have their gripes about NJ Transit, our busses and trains are still relatively safe, and generally provide commuters with reliable transportation. Unfortunately, bus and train accidents happen, and if you have been injured in one, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation. Please read on and reach out to our experienced New Jersey personal injury attorneys to learn more about how we can help you through the legal process going forward:
How do bus accidents happen?
Bus accidents, though less common than car accidents, are no less dangerous. In fact, they can be even more so. Busses oftentimes do not come with seat belts, and if they do, wearing them is rarely enforced. Unfortunately, this, among many other safety hazards, can cause serious damage. That being said, the most common cause of bus accidents is, unsurprisingly, bus driver negligence. Some of the most frequent types of bus driver negligence we see on the road today are as follows:
- Driving while drowsy
- Failing to ensure safety equipment, like fire extinguishers, are aboard
- Carelessly discharging passengers
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Disregarding large blind spots
- Texting while driving
- Ignoring traffic lights and signs
What are some of the most frequent causes of train accidents?
Though the chances of being involved in a train accident are slim, if you are, you will most likely get severely injured as a result. Some of the most common causes of train accidents are as follows:
- Misaligned tracks
- Inattentive train conductors
- Stalled cars on the track
- Unsafe railroad crossings
- Mechanical failures
- Unfastened screws and bolts in tracks
- Intoxicated train operators, conductors, or crew
How do I recover financial compensation after a mass transit accident in New Jersey?
If you are someone who was wrongfully injured in an accident, you will first need to hire an attorney who can prove as much. That being said, while the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New Jersey is generally two years, when you are suing NJ Transit, you will have to file a Notice of Claim within 90 days of the accident. If you fail to do so, you will most likely be denied your right to sue, which can be catastrophic for your recovery. The sooner you bring your claim to our firm’s attention, the sooner we can help. We are ready to fight for the compensation you deserve–all you have to do is ask.
Contact our experienced New Jersey firm
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.