Trains are a quick and easy way to get to your destination. In fact, many people rely on trains to get to and from work, school, and other daily activities. Luckily, train accidents are not very common. But, when these accidents do occur, their results can be life-altering. Read on to learn more about train accidents in New Jersey.
How do Train Accidents Happen?
Train accidents are often a result of negligence. Some of the most common forms of negligence include:
- Stopped cars on the track
- Mechanical failures
- Loose screws and bolts in tracks
- Operating the train while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Negligent train conductors
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, there is a good chance that you deserve compensation. But, in order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to provide proof of negligence. You can do this by:
- Call 911: The police can send an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, and more.
- Obtain witness contacts: If anyone saw the accident occur, ask for their contact information. They may be able to corroborate your version of events.
- Document the scene: It is important that you take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. If possible, document the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur.
- Seek medical attention: It is important to go to the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility immediately after the accident occurs. You should see a doctor, even if you do not feel you have been seriously injured. This is because it is possible to sustain an injury without realizing it. Additionally, medical records can play a large role in personal injury cases. Before leaving the hospital, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
- Contact a personal injury attorney: An experienced attorney may be able to obtain further evidence, including security camera footage, police reports, and more.
- File your claim on time: In New Jersey, the statute of limitations is generally two years from the date of the accident, but, if you are suing a government entity like NJ Transit, you will have to file a Notice of Claim within 90 days.
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