New Jersey Railroad Accidents Attorney
State transportation statistics show New Jersey train accidents increasing over time, and that is not even counting grade crossing crashes and other incidents. When the speeds and combined weight of a train and another vehicle are multiplied together, the resulting force is enormous, and passengers and occupants of moving vehicles and trains alike frequently suffer catastrophic injuries or death in a collision or derailment. Attorney Andrew Jacobs of the Law Offices of Andrew R. Jacobs in New Jersey helps injured people and their families identify the responsible parties and hold them accountable for the harm they have caused.
Train Accidents Caused by Negligent and Irresponsible Train Operators
Train operators and engineers are responsible for the train’s safe operation, yet they have been known to drive their trains at twice the allowable speed or even more. Other negligence, such as failure to sound a warning or obey signals, can spell disaster. Other railroad employees can create equally dangerous situations by their failure to perform their job properly. All of the following have been known to create injury-causing railroad accidents:
- Broken warning lights and other mechanical failures
- Failure to maintain or repair train
- Failure to maintain or repair tracks
- Failure to properly inspect equipment
- Overloaded or unbalanced cargo
- Placing undertrained staff in critical positions
- Operating in disregard of weather conditions
- Improper line switching
- Confusion or miscommunication over non-operational and in-use tracks
Train Platform and Railroad Property Injuries
The railroad authority may be in charge not only of the train and tracks, but also train platforms and other train station property. Serious injuries can arise from slip and fall accidents due to spills or icy pavement or stairs, or trip and fall accidents due to misalignment between train and platform or cracked pavement. Injury attorney Andrew Jacobs holds railroads accountable for accidents occurring on their dangerous or unsafe premises.
For Help with Serious Injuries, Contact an Experienced and Successful Personal Injury Attorney
Train accidents are incredibly complicated matters, and gathering and presenting the facts needed for a successful injury case can be daunting. Attorney Andrew Jacobs has the experience with complex injury cases and a record of results you can count on. If you or a family member suffered serious personal injury or wrongful death in a New Jersey railroad accident, contact the Law Offices of Andrew R. Jacobs for a free consultation regarding your rights to receive compensation for your injuries.