Monmouth County Railroad Accident Lawyers
Train Accident Attorneys Represent Injured Clients in Monmouth County and Ocean County, NJ
Trains are a convenient way to travel. Instead of fighting with traffic on overcrowded expressways, you can spend your time working, reading or just relaxing. When something goes wrong on a train or at a station, however, the results can be devastating. Train wrecks cause serious personal injuries and fatalities to passengers, railroad employees and others who happen to be near the accident.
Train Accident Statistics
In 2015 in the U.S., 11,716 railroad accidents caused 8,962 injuries and 759 fatalities, according to Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety Analysis. If you were injured or if a member of your family died a wrongful death in a railroad accident, the personal injury attorneys of Drazin and Warshaw, P.C., can help.
We are a trusted personal injury law firm with more than 65 years of experience representing people in New Jersey injured through no fault of their own, including those injured in railroad accidents. Dating back to 1951 when a serious train wreck in Woodbridge killed 85 and injured 500 passengers, our law firm has advocated for victims of railroad tragedies. Please contact us online or call one of our three office locations to schedule a free initial consultation about your case. We take legal action on behalf of passengers injured on commuter trains, NJ Transit, Amtrak, and light rail trains. We also represent motorists and other non-passengers struck by trains.
Our New Jersey railroad accident attorneys pursue compensation for clients injured in a variety of ways, including:
- Injuries at the station or on the platform: Falls onto tracks; falls on stairs or escalators; slips and falls on wet, snowy or icy surfaces or uneven pavement
- Injuries aboard the train: Falls while exiting or entering the train; injuries from defective or poorly maintained equipment such as poles, seats and overhead straps; injuries from items falling from overhead compartments
- Injuries to passers-by: Those near a train wreck can suffer physical injury and psychological trauma from witnessing the accident.
- Railroad crossing accidents: When a car, truck, cyclist or pedestrian is hit by a train at a railway crossing, fatalities are frequently the result.
- Multi-train collisions: Operator error or signal system defects can cause two trains to collide, and two trainloads full of passengers to be injured.
Train accidents often involve mechanical failure. Our law firm is well positioned to pursue railroad accident cases because we are experienced in product liability lawsuits. That means we have experience tracking down defects in complicated machinery. Not every law firm has the knowledge and resources required to pursue these challenging cases. We have been doing so for decades and achieving impressive results.
After carefully reviewing the results of official investigations, we conduct our own as well. We work with respected train accident experts to identify exactly what happened in the accident that injured you. Part of our investigation is to identify all possible sources of liability. We then hold these parties responsible for your losses, including pain and suffering, lost wages, lost future earning ability, current and future medical expenses and more.
Common Causes of Railroad Accidents in NJ
The Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety Analysis tracks railroad safety issues. Some of the most common problems that lead to accidents involve:
- Train operation: Human errors can include failure to break, excessive speed and failure to follow proper procedures in switching, flagging and signaling. In addition, use of alcohol or drugs while operating the train is a major accident risk.
- Mechanical and electrical failures: Defects in or failure of wheels, doors, brakes, coupling systems and other components and mechanisms can lead to catastrophic results.
- Roadbed, track, and structure: Risks factors include uneven roadbeds, track defects, and defective rail anchors and switches.
- Signal and communication: Failures in these systems can put trains on a collision course.
Free Consultation with Monmouth County, NJ Railroad Accident Lawyer
In addition to representing passengers, passersby, and motorists injured in train wrecks, our workplace accident lawyers file Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) claims on behalf of injured railroad workers.
To put the strength of our experience on your side, please contact us online or call one of our three office locations. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case, answer your questions and explain how we can help. We represent railroad accident clients on a contingency basis. You will pay no fees until we win financial compensation in your railroad accident claim.