New Jersey Train and Railroad Accident Lawyers
Fighting for Train Derailment and Crash Victims
On September 29, 2016 a New Jersey Transit commuter train crashed into a wall inside the Hoboken Terminal killing one person and injuring 110 after the train’s engineer failed to stop the train after it entered the terminal. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined that the engineer was fatigued due to undiagnosed, severe sleep apnea. Another cause of this accident was the lack of a device or safety system that could have stopped the train prior to the crash.
A railroad accident such as the Hoboken crash can be devastating for any worker, passenger, pedestrian, or motor vehicle driver. These cases can involve complex laws related to railroad regulations, worker safety, multiple defendants, and insurance claims. If you have been injured in a railroad or train accident, you want legal representation that can effectively assert your rights to recover the compensation you deserve. At Keefe Law Firm, our New Jersey railroad accidents attorneys are ready, willing and able to pursue your railroad accident case.
In addition to passenger and freight train accidents, crashes and derailments Keefe Law Firm’s personal injury lawyers handle:
- Railroad employee injuries under the Federal Employees Liability Act (FELA)
- Rail yard injuries
- Asbestos exposure
- Hazardous materials and solvent exposure
Railroad Worker Injuries
If you or a loved one was injured or died due to a train accident, you want to be certain that you obtain the financial compensation you deserve. Our attorneys will assist railroad workers and their families recover financially from injuries, asbestos exposure, and wrongful death caused by carrying out their job duties and responsibilities.
Pedestrian and Motor Vehicle Railroad Injuries
Our firm is also serves the families and victims of railway injuries involving pedestrians and motor vehicles. If you or your loved one has been permanently injured our attorneys can assist you in obtaining compensation for medical expenses, future care, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other expenses related to a train accident.
For more information or to speak with an experienced New Jersey railroad accident attorney, contact Keefe Law Firm.
New Jersey Train Accident Injury FAQs
If I have been in a train accident, or hurt at a railroad crossing, can I sue?
Most likely. If you have been hurt in a train accident due to negligence on the part of the train’s engineer or other crew member, transportation company, or other involved even a third party, you may be eligible for compensation for your medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have lost a loved one, you may be able to file a wrongful death suit on their behalf . An experienced personal injury attorney can advise you of your rights in a train accident matter.
What does it cost to file a train accident lawsuit?
Injury and wrongful death train and railroad accident lawsuits are classified as personal injury and are typically handled on a contingency basis. This means that you will not have to pay for any legal expenses up front or during the handling of your case. When your case settles, legal fees are deducted from the insurance settlement or trial award.
What causes train accidents?
Passenger train operators such as New Jersey Transit and Amtrak are legally required to implement procedures and protocols to protect the safety of their passengers. When they don’t do this, accidents can occur. Accidents can also happen because of the carelessness of other drivers and pedestrians. Common causes of train accidents and crashes include:
- Conductor or operator negligence and/or error
- A fatigued conductor or other member of the crew
- Train, car or track defects or improper maintenance
- Human error by the train operator or the driver of another vehicle
- Signal and crossing equipment problems and defects
- Traveling speeds in excess of regulations
- Poorly marked or maintained crossings
- Failure to sound a warning
What should I do after a train wreck?
In the days and weeks following a train wreck or railroad crossing accident it is extremely important that you document every detail of the accident and your injuries:
- Keep track of your medical treatment and all associated expenses. Keep a journal of any pain you experience, as well as all doctor visits, medical treatments, physical therapy sessions, and test results. Store this information electronically.
- Keep a record of any days missed from work, and any other financial expenses you may incur.
- Preserve any video or photographic evidence you may have recovered at the scene of the train accident; do the same for any media reports, articles and videos
- Do not post any pictures, video or text about the accident on social media. Do not respond to any social media posts.
- Consult with a skilled, proven personal injury lawyer as soon as possible
- Do not talk to any insurance companies/representatives without consulting your lawyer.
Keefe Law Firm represents people and their families after a train or railroad accident. We help them obtain compensation to help them deal with traumatic events such as:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injury
- Wrongful death
- Property damages
If you or a loved one was involved in a train accident you do not have to go it alone.
Injured In A Train Accident On NJ Transit Or Elsewhere? Our Lawyers Will Provide A Free Case Evaluation
At Keefe Law Firm, we stand for our injured clients to attain nothing less than the compensation they deserve. Talk to a Keefe Law Firm lawyer today about your options.