Train Accidents in New Jersey | What to Know

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For many New Jersey residents, the train is a main form of transportation. Because it is such a big part of our everyday routines, it is easy to overlook the dangers trains and train stations can pose. Train accidents do not occur very often. But, when they do happen, their results can be severe. Read on to learn more about train accidents in New Jersey, the most common causes, and what to do in the event of an injury.

How do Train Accidents Occur?

Train accidents can occur for any number of reasons. That being said, the majority of accidents are caused by:

  • Train operator negligence
  • Speeding
  • Sudden stops or starts
  • Train derailment
  • Poorly maintained tracks
  • Train collisions
  • Poor weather conditions such as snow, ice, or heavy fog

Fulfilling the Burden of Proof

If you have been injured in a train accident, it is important to take the following steps:

  • Document the scene
    • Take photos and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur
  • Obtain witness contacts
    • If anyone saw your accident occur, ask for their contact info
  • Seek medical attention
    • Going to the hospital will provide you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries
  • Contact a personal injury attorney

How Long do I Have to File a Claim?

If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence and you wish to pursue legal action, you will have to do so within a certain amount of time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. Generally, in New Jersey, you will have two years from the date of the accident to file your claim. But, train accidents can be more complicated. This is because they may involve a government entity. If you are taking legal action against NJ Transit, you will be required to file a Notice of Claim. This will notify NJ Transit that you intend to sue. This will have to be filed within 90 days of the accident. Failing to file with 90 days will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you need and deserve to heal. Contact an experienced attorney to avoid missing any important deadlines.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a train accident in New Jersey, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Contact our firm to discuss your case with an experienced and dedicated personal injury attorney.


Retaining an attorney after an injury-causing accident is the most effective way to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are legally entitled. To learn more about how we can help you, call the Wilton Law Firm today at 732-275-9555 or send us an email through our online contact form.