Subways are generally regarded as a safe and efficient means to get from place to place. Most of the time, people can expect a quick and affordable ride to their destination. However, sometimes, subways get into accidents, and when they do, people are injured as a result. Those injured in subway accidents very often seek financial compensation to help cover the cost of their medical bills, in-home care, lost wages, and more. If you find yourself in this situation, here are some of the questions you may have regarding your legal options going forward:
What are the most common causes of subway accidents?
Some of the most common contributors to subway accidents are as follows:
- Sudden stops
- Turnstyle injuries
- Operator negligence
- People being dragged under the trail
- Electrical injuries due to malfunctions
- Obstructed walkways
- Doors closing too soon
- Robberies and other criminal activity due to poor subway security
- Poor lighting
- Trip and falls in the stations or on the platform due to ice, snow, or any other hazardous conditions
What injuries can subway accidents cause?
Subway accidents have caused the following injuries in the past:
- Back injuries
- Burns or dismemberment
- Traumatic head injuries
- Internal injuries
- Death or paralysis
- Ligament, tendon and muscle injuries
- Bone fractures or breaks
Do I qualify for financial compensation after a subway accident?
To qualify for compensation, you must first prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. However, this is not always easy, so you must hire an experienced attorney who knows the ins and outs of the personal injury claims process.
How do I prove another party’s negligence?
One of the most helpful ways to prove another party’s negligence through photographic or video evidence. However, if you are unable to obtain security camera footage or otherwise, you may still use witness statements and police reports to verify your claim. Lastly, though perhaps most importantly, you should always seek medical attention immediately after your accident. A physician will treat your injuries and provide you with medical documentation that you may also use to prove your claim.
What is the statute of limitations in New Jersey?
In a New Jersey subway accident, you must file a Notice of Claim within 90 days of your accident. Failing to do so will result in you losing out on the compensation you need.
Contact our experienced New Jersey firm
We understand the impact a serious injury can have on an individual’s life. If you have been injured in New Jersey due to another party’s negligence, please 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.