Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Fights for People Injured in Train Accidents in New Jersey and New York
The public transit systems in New Jersey and New York provides passengers with a safe mode of transportation. The NJ public transit system connects New Jersey with New York and Pennsylvania. The train service is particularly important for NJ and NY workers who need to travel to and from work.
All of these people depend on mechanics, supervisors and operators of trains to take the necessary steps to ensure there are no serious railroad accidents. When a train operator acts negligently and causes passengers to sustain serious injuries to the passengers, it is important that the negligent individual is held accountable for their actions so that future accidents become less likely.
If you’ve been hurt in the Hoboken train accident, Andrew Calcagno is an experienced trial attorney who will fight on your behalf and help you get the financial compensation you deserve. Mr. Calcagno has successfully represented numerous clients in personal injury cases throughout New Jersey, including Union and Middlesex counties. He is prepared to do whatever it takes to win your case because he knows how important it is for you to get justice for your train accident injuries. Whether you are a passenger injured on a train operated by NJ Transit, Amtrak or PATH, or a train employee who needs to file a claim under FELA, Mr. Calcagno can assist you.
Types of Train Accidents in NJ
Some of the most common causes of train accidents in New Jersey include:
- Train derailments
- Collisions between trains
- Collisions between a train and a car
- Collisions at railroad crossings
- Failure to clear debris from tracks, leading to collisions with objects or obstacles on the tracks
- Sudden and unexpected stops of train
- Jerks and jolts on train leading to whiplash injuries
- Negligent train conductors who fail to use lights or sound horns
- Defective warning systems
- Overcrowding of train cars
- Platform injuries, including pedestrians shoved onto tracks
- Slip & falls on train station stairs
Due to the nature of most train accidents, a train accident injury has the potential to be catastrophic. Depending on the circumstances of your train accident, you could sustain broken bones, muscle strains, ligament sprains, cuts or lacerations, back injuries and neck damage. Some of the most severe traumatic injuries include spinal trauma and traumatic brain injuries. In the most tragic train accidents, particularly when the accident involves a train derailment, the result could be passenger deaths.
Liability for Train Accidents in Union County and Middlesex County
The NJ Transit system oversees many different forms of public transportation in New Jersey, including train, bus and light rail lines. NJ Transit is responsible for ensuring that passengers, and workers, are safe while traveling on trains. When an individual is injured while traveling on a train operated by NJ Transit, the injured party may be able to file a personal injury claim to get compensation. It is not always easy to determine who may be liable for a train accident. There are often several liable parties, including the train operator, train mechanics, train workers, device or component manufacturers and government entities responsible for overseeing the operation and maintenance of the transit system.
When the medical bills start to pile up in the aftermath of a train accident, you may find it difficult to cover your other living expenses. Things can get especially rough if you are out of work for an extended period of time during your physical recovery and rehabilitation process. The medical expenses for a train accident injury could include costs of surgeries, hospital visits, rehabilitation and physical therapy, and pain medication. An experienced personal injury attorney can consult with medical experts and economic specialists to ascertain the true extent of your injuries and determine exactly how much you need to get back on your feet.
Statute of Limitation for NJ Train Accident Claims
Most personal injury claims in NJ are subject to a two-year statute of limitations. However, the requirements are more stringent when the accident involves a government entity responsible for public transportation or mass transit. If you sustained an injury while traveling on a train operated by NJ Transit or Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PATH), you must notify the agency of your intent to file a personal injury claim within 90 days of the accident. It is imperative that you retain a qualified attorney as soon as possible after the accident that caused your injuries. You do not want to risk missing any filing deadlines and permanently losing your right to sue for damages.
Free Consultation with an Experienced, Aggressive Train Accident Lawyer in Cranford, Linden and Roselle Park, New Jersey
If you have been injured in any kind of train accident in New Jersey, you deserve to have an attorney who will help you pursue justice. Andrew Calcagno is an experienced, aggressive train accident lawyer who understands the nuances of NJ personal injury law and who knows how to help you secure compensation for your injuries. Every client gets Mr. Calcagno’s personal cell phone number, so you can count on personalized service, whether you live in Union, Middlesex, Essex, Hudson, Monmouth, Morris or Somerset county. You can reach Mr. Calcagno day or night to speak over the phone, or you can schedule a free consultation at his office in Cranford, NJ.
Mr. Calcagno takes all cases on contingency and there are no upfront legal fees. This means if he doesn’t secure damages for you at settlement or in a trial, you don’t pay a dime.