Many people choose mass transit as their primary means of transportation. Whether it’s a train or a bus, people take mass transit to work, school, and everywhere in between. Generally, people see mass transit as a safe, reliable, and cost-effective way to get from place to place. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. If you were injured in a mass transit accident, here are some of the questions you may have:
What are the most common causes of train accidents?
Train accidents may be caused by negligent maintenance or upkeep. For example, worn down rails, rusted tracks, cracks around bolt holes, broken welds, and broken switches all contribute to train accidents. Unfortunately, most train accidents are caused by negligent train drivers. Here are some examples of train driver negligence:
- Railroad employees operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Railroad employees falling asleep
- Crew members receiving improper instructions
- Failing to secure or release hand brakes
- Improper alignment of railroad switches
- Failure to comply with orders
- Reckless pedestrians and conductors
- Excessively speeding
- Improperly applying brakes
Train accidents are usually particularly devastating, so if you were injured, it is extremely important you contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
What are some examples of bus driver negligence?
While yes, bus accidents are not as common as car accidents, they still happen more frequently than train accidents and often cause far more damage. Due to their massive size, buses are harder to operate than smaller motor vehicles, and if a bus driver is not careful, he or she may cause a serious accident. Some examples of bus driver negligence are as follows:
- Lack of fire extinguishers in the event of a fire
- A bus driver operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Texting while driving
- Driving while drowsy
- Discharging passengers on unsafe or poorly maintained roadways
- Sudden stops and starts
- Failure to recognize the bus’ significant blind spots, causing unsafe lane changes
- Failure to comply with traffic lights and signs
- Ignoring other rules and regulations of the road
What is a Notice of Claim?
If you are harmed by a public entity’s negligence, you may pursue a personal injury claim. However, you only have 90 days from the time of your accident to file a Notice of Claim, which notifies a municipality that a lawsuit is being brought against them. When you file a Notice of Claim, it is generally in your best interest to hire an experienced attorney who knows the ins and outs of the personal injury claim process.
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If you have been seriously injured in New Jersey by the negligence of another party, do not hesitate to speak with an experienced attorney who can assess your situation and guide you through your legal options. Contact our firm today to learn how we can help.