At Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, our New Jersey train accident lawyers understand just how life-altering these crashes can be. As medical bills rise, many affected by train accidents should be aware that their losses may be compensable.
Operating a train requires skill and extensive training. Unfortunately, even the most experienced train operators are susceptible to crashes. Like car accidents, trains accidents can happen in several different ways and for several different reasons.
Single line trains unknowingly traveling on the same rail can collide into each other. Head-on collisions such as these, while thankfully rare, typically result in numerous fatalities and injuries. Sadly, many train accidents are often the result of oversights in scheduling or signalman errors. Since trains move very quickly and cannot see around turns, braking does very little to lessen the impact of a head-on collision.
Buffer stops or bumpers are devices placed at the end of railroad tracks that aid in bringing the train to halt. Conductor miscalculation in speed can cause the train to crash through these buffer stops, bringing it off the tracks. When trains derail, they can continue moving, causing damage to anything or anyone nearby.
Many factors contribute to train derailments, with the most common being broken or cracked rails. Many rails are outside and exposed to the elements, meaning that they can break or crack more easily. When the gap in a cracked rail is wide enough, it can cause a passing train to go off its course. As with buffer stop collisions, derailed trains do not stop once they are off the tracks. Derailments in crowded areas can lead to pedestrian accidents and significant property damage.
When civil engineers design defective bridges or poorly constructed tunnels, it can lead to disaster. Engineering designs that are done poorly or too hastily have been the cause of many train accidents in the past.
Since New Jersey train conductors and railroad workers generally operate beyond state lines, typically traveling to New York and/or Pennsylvania daily, they are protected under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA). FELA displaces the no-fault promise of New Jersey’s Workers’ Compensation laws and allows injured railroad workers to file claims against their employers.
A railroad employee injured in a train crash on a railway that traveled over state lines can file a suit against their employer under FELA. FELA cases let workers pursue damages for defective products and employer negligence.
Living through or losing a loved one in a train crash can be a life-altering experience. Know that compensation does exist for those who have been injured or lost their lives. Our New Jersey train accident lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP can be the advocates you need. Our staunch, resolute lawyers have experience representing train crash victims and their families, fighting for the maximum compensation allowable. Additionally, our FELA trial attorneys have successfully represented railroad workers who have been injured due to employer negligence or defective manufacturing. Call our Red Bank, Toms River, or Edison offices at 732-777-0100 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation with one our New Jersey personal injury lawyers.