While trains are usually safe, accidents can cause fatalities and disabling injuries.
If you were injured in a Jersey City train accident, either as a passenger, an employee, a driver, or a bystander, a Jersey City railroad accident lawyer from Morelli Law Firm may be able to file a personal injury claim and pursue damages against the liable parties.
Compensation in your case could cover your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Call Morelli Law Firm today at (212) 751-9800 for a free case evaluation with a member of our team.
Train Accidents May Initiate a Personal Injury Lawsuit
Train accidents can be caused by:
- Defective parts
- Conductor mistakes
- Broken rails
- Failing brakes
Train collisions are common at railroad crossings, where trains can collide with passenger vehicles and pedestrians.
Railroad crossings are prone to accidents because safety equipment, such as lights, gates, and horns, can malfunction. When signs are defective, motorists may not be aware that a train is oncoming, which can lead to devastating collisions.
If you were injured in a Jersey City train accident, whether as a passenger or a bystander outside the train, Morelli Law Firm invites you to call us for a free case evaluation.
If we can demonstrate that the train company or another responsible party was liable for your injuries, you may be able to recover compensation.
Compensation in a Railroad Accident
New Jersey may allow you to collect economic and non-economic damages when you are the victim of a train accident. Economic and non-economic damages are not capped in New Jersey.
Victims of New Jersey train accidents may be able to pursue compensation for:
- Hospitalization costs
- Lost wages
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Mental distress
- And more
It is important to document your injuries after your accident. Medical records can be used to demonstrate the severity of your injuries and the amount of pain you suffered. You can prove your economic losses by submitting copies of bills, receipts, and invoices.
If your loved one died as a result of a Jersey City railroad accident, you may be able to pursue a different set of damages in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Morelli Law Firm also handles these types of lawsuits and can discuss your wrongful death case when you call our firm.
Call Morelli Law Firm today at (212) 751-9800 to learn more about your legal options during a free case evaluation with a member of our team.
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Working With Morelli Law Firm on Your Case
When you work with Morelli Law Firm, a Jersey City railroad accident lawyer from our firm can investigate liability in your case by:
- Requesting copies of railroad and train maintenance records
- Investigating whether the train had prior accidents
- Collecting copies of the accident report and related investigations
- Interviewing witnesses
Once we have determined who is liable for your injuries, we may be able to pursue them for compensation via settlement negotiations or a personal injury lawsuit.
Our lawyers can also handle the following casework when we represent you:
- Answering your questions and providing legal advice
- Handling all legal communications on your behalf
- Gathering evidence of the responsible party’s liability
- Putting a value on your damages
- Negotiating for a settlement offer with the responsible party’s insurance company
- Taking the case to trial if they are not willing to make you a fair offer
Causes of Train Accidents
Railroad companies have to ensure their trains and rail system are safe. The following causes of train accidents could allow injured victims to hold the responsible party liable for their injuries:
Train accidents can occur because of malfunctioning equipment or operator errors. When a train owner fails to perform regular safety checks and maintenance, it places passengers, employees, and bystanders at risk.
Some train accidents are caused by defective parts, meaning the manufacturer did not produce the part properly. If your train accident was the result of a manufacturing defect, a Jersey City railroad accident lawyer from Morelli Law Firm may be able to pursue damages against the company that produced the part.
Another cause of train accidents are mistakes made by the conductor. If the conductor failed to brake quickly enough, and it resulted in an accident, their employer may be liable for damages. If the conductor has a history of accidents, it can strengthen your claim. Morelli Law Firm may be able can subpoena records and documents related to your claim when investigating conductor negligence.
Do Not Delay in Your Railroad Accident Case
It is important to take action soon after a train accident because New Jersey generally requires personal injury claims to be filed within two years, per New Jersey Revised Statute 2A:14-2.
There is also a two-year statute of limitations on New Jersey wrongful death cases, per New Jersey Revised Statute 2A:31-3.
There may be certain circumstances in your case that effect these deadlines.
If you do not file a complaint before the statute of limitations expires in your case, it may prevent you from recovering damages via a lawsuit.
Morelli Law Firm encourages you to call us as soon as possible after your railroad accident to discuss what specific legal deadlines pertain to your case.
Call Morelli Law Firm Today
When you are injured in a train accident, it can cause physical, mental, and financial harm. Your injuries may diminish your quality of life or prevent you from working. If you can prove that another party’s negligence caused your injuries, you may be able to recover compensation for these damages.
A Jersey City railroad accident lawyer from Morelli Law Firm may be able to pursue damages against the responsible parties when we represent you.
Call Morelli Law Firm today at (212) 751-9800 to schedule a free case evaluation.