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NJ Transit Accidents

NJ Transit accident attorneys serving Paramus, Hackensack and all of Bergen County and northern New Jersey.

Trusted NJ personal injury lawyers at Eisbrouch Marsh represent injury victims throughout Essex, Middlesex, Hudson, Passaic, Bergen and all of Northern New Jersey. If you’ve suffered injury or lost a loved one in a NJ transit accident, our attorneys offer invaluable advice about your rights to legal recourse.

In practice for more than 25 years, our legal team pursues maximum compensation on behalf of those who were harmed in train, bus or other rail accidents in New Jersey or NYC. Call us today to discuss your eligibility for filing a NJ transit accident lawsuit.

Eisbrouch Marsh: NJ transit injury lawyers

The New Jersey Transit system was created more than 35 years ago, and provides efficient, reliable transportation to thousands of residents every day. Among our country’s largest state-funded transit systems, this network of buses and trains links major NJ hubs with those in Philadelphia and New York.

Recent reports, however, indicate that passenger injuries and transit-related deaths are on the rise, sparking concerns about safety issues in this rapidly urbanizing center.

At Eisbrouch Marsh, our skilled NJ Transit injury lawyers collaborate with accident investigators and industry experts to garner vital evidence and establish the determining cause of a NJ bus or PATH train accident that caused injury or wrongful death.

Well-versed in complex litigation against the New Jersey and NY department of transportation, our attorneys handle claims arising from the following:

  • Pedestrian knock-downs at bus stops or platforms
  • Platform injuries – passengers who are victims of violent attacks/public assault, those who are shoved or fall down while waiting for the rail, and passengers who fall on the tracks.
  • Train derailments
  • Injuries caused by sudden stops of the bus or train
  • Overcrowding injuries
  • Light rail or PATH train injuries caused due to obstacles on the track or unexpected stops
  • Bus accidents including pedestrian fatalities, rollovers, collisions with bicyclists or other vehicles
  • Train station incidents – slips or falls down stairs, falls caused by uneven flooring

Catastrophic injuries associated with train and bus accidents

Public transit accidents in New Jersey often leave victims with incapacitating injuries, such as permanent neck and spinal trauma, broken bones, fractured ribs and chronic back injuries. Consequently, victims are often burdened with massive medical bills for emergency surgery and subsequent physical therapy, which places added hardships on those who are already unable to work due to short or long-term disability.

Our NJ commercial vehicle accident attorneys fight to make sure that clients who’ve been hurt in a transit accident are fully compensated for their emotional, physical and financial losses. We work with health care and economic specialists to determine the true value of your claim.

When quantifying potential damages recovered in a personal injury lawsuit, we factor in:

  • Lost wages – past, present and future
  • Diminished earning capacity due to disability
  • Medical expenses for surgery, treatments, rehab and pain medication
  • Emotional trauma
  • Expenses for health care aids and special medical equipment
  • Loss of spousal consortium

Keep in mind that statutes of limitation are imposed on any civil lawsuits filed against the NJT, with most claims barred after just six months. For this reason alone, you are encouraged to retain legal counsel as soon as possible following any type of train, light rail or bus injury, or if a family member was killed in a transit accident.

Recent NJ Transit accidents make headlines

One Newark resident who was hit and seriously injured by a NJ transit bus back in 2010 has recovered a $4.5 million settlement in her personal injury claim. According to the lawsuit, June Layne was crossing a South Ward intersection when the bus mowed her down, trapping her beneath its wheels.

Layne suffered a compound fracture in her ankle and the skin and tissue from her thigh was separated from the bone in the incident. The woman was hospitalized for several months, and must now rely on a walker or wheelchair due to her severe and lasting injuries. It was later confirmed by a transit authority supervisor that the bus driver failed to properly control his vehicle and did not look for pedestrian traffic, as he was trained to do.

The multi-million dollar NJ transit accident settlement was approved in April of 2014, after the state attorney general’s office found the compensation fell within the agency’s yearly budget.

Another grisly accident claimed the life of a Middlesex man, after he was hit and killed on a train station platform in New Brunswick this past March. Fifty-year-old Frank Farriella purportedly leaned into the path of an oncoming train before being killed. Officials are still investigating the accident, which injured several bystanders who were harmed by the trajectory of the victim’s body parts.

William J. Smith, senior public information officer, gave the following statement after the gruesome tragedy: “NJ Transit would remind customers that for their safety, we continue to ask that they remain behind the yellow line until the train has arrived and the train doors have opened.”

Legal options for financial recovery

As more transit accidents are reported in the NJ and New York City metro areas, the dangers facing pedestrians and passengers on our city’s buses and rails are all the more evident. If you or someone you love has been injured and are considering filing a NJ Transit accident lawsuit in New Jersey, the attorneys of Eisbrouch Marsh are on your side.

Boasting nearly three decades of transit authority litigation experience, our Bergen County accident lawyers can effectively fight for the compensation you deserve, by preserving crucial evidence, securing expert testimony and building a compelling case that illustrates liability beyond a reasonable doubt.

Call us today to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation. We serve Paramus, Hackensack and all of northern NJ, including Middlesex, Morris, Hudson, Passaic, Bergen and Essex County.

  1. NJ.com, NJ Transit settles for $4.5 million with Newark bus accident victim, http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2014/05/nj_transit_settles_for_45_million_with_newark_bus_accident_victim.html
  2. CBS New York, Man Struck, Killed By NJ TRANSIT Train In New Brunswick; 3 Hurt By Flying Body Parts http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/03/25/at-least-3-hurt-at-nj-transit-station-in-new-brunswick-trains-halted/
  3. MyFoxNY.com, Accident causes delays for NJ Transit buses http://www.myfoxny.com/story/25015255/accident-causes-delays-for-nj-transit-buses