What Should You Do After a Train Accident?
It never ends well. A car trying to outrun a train will lose the race time and time again. Recently, a 3-year-old was killed and a grandfather was ejected from his car after it was hit by a NJ Transit train. According to reports, the driver of the vehicle had tried to cross the tracks, despite the train gates being down. While crossing the tracks, the light rail vehicle had struck the car.
Although in this case you can argue that the person driving the car is to blame for the accident, train accidents happen more often than you imagine. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are more than 2,500 train accidents each year. These accidents include derailments, hitting other vehicles such as motor vehicles or other trains, mechanical failure, or user error.
So let’s say you’re commuting to work. The train you are riding one suddenly derails. You are thrown forward and injure your arm. You will need medical attention. Who is responsible for your medical bills?
When it comes to a NJ Transit accident, the answer to your question may be a little tricky. But like any personal injury case, the fault of the accident lies with the person or entity whose carelessness was the cause of your accident. In this case, the driver of the train is the responsible party. But unlike an auto accident where the other party’s insurance will pay for your medical costs, you must go through the proper channels to get the money from NJ Transit. This is easier said than done, especially if you plan to do it on your own.
If you got into an accident while riding on NJ Transit, you’re going to need an experienced attorney by your side. For more than 25 years, the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone has been fighting for the rights of his clients throughout New Jersey. Contact us today for a free consultation.