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Subway, Buses, and Trains—Are There Any Differences in Lawsuits With Various Types of Mass Transit? — Part 3/3 in a Series on Mass Transit

By Greg Kohn

If you get injured in a bus accident today or some other type of mass transit accident, you will probably have many questions. This blog will address the issue of subways, buses, and trains. Are there any differences in lawsuits with various types of mass transit? 

This blog is PART 3/3 in a series on mass transit. These injury cases are complicated because they involve additional procedural steps and shorter deadlines. You will want to work with a mass transit accident personal injury lawyer to avoid making mistakes that could take away your right to compensation. A New Jersey personal injury attorney would be happy to talk to you about your case.

Injuries on Subways, Buses, and Trains in New Jersey

Mass transit accidents can happen while a person is riding a bus, subway, or train in our state. These incidents can also happen when the person injured is a pedestrian or riding in another vehicle. Sometimes, no vehicles are involved in the injury. For example, if a person slips and falls while in a station or on a platform, they might have a claim for their injuries.

Nagel Rice, LLP, hears about these various types of mass transit injuries and others. Injuries from falls in mass transit premises or inside a bus, subway, or train tend to be more common than train or subway crashes. Regardless of the specific type of public transportation accident that injured you, an auto and traffic accident personal injury attorney could help with your claim.

Injury cases against mass transit entities are different from personal injury lawsuits against ordinary people because these claims often involve the government. You will have to file a tort claim against the correct public agency, and you will have very little time to do so. If you miss the deadline for this administrative step or file it against the wrong party, you will not be allowed to file a personal injury lawsuit in court.

Common Causes of Accidents on New Jersey Buses, Subways, and Trains

Drivers of buses, subways, and trains get blamed for many of the accidents that happen in public transportation. Driving too fast for the conditions, engaging in distracting activities like texting while driving, and operating the mass transit vehicle recklessly are some of the more common types of driver error that can cause accidents.

When a bus, subway, or train stops suddenly, passengers can get injured. Inadequate maintenance of equipment can lead to crashes from derailment, entrapment in the vehicle doors, and defective crossing signals. Poor maintenance of vehicles or the mass transit stations and approaches can result in passengers getting injured in slip-and-fall accidents.

What Happens if You Get Injured by a Fellow Passenger

Sometimes, people get assaulted by other passengers inside the mass transit vehicle or station. In some situations, the public transportation can be liable in addition to the person who committed the assault. These injury claims are particularly challenging, so you will want to work with a lawyer instead of trying to handle your case by yourself. You can get a free consultation by reaching out to a New Jersey personal injury attorney today. It really is that easy.

About the Author
Greg Kohn is a partner at Nagel Rice and specializes in complex civil litigation cases, including professional malpractice, personal injury, class actions, wrongful death, products liability, and commercial litigation.  He has extensive experience representing clients in both state and federal court. Greg has tried many jury trials to verdict and has recovered over $50 million in settlements and verdicts in all types of personal injury matters including automobile accidents, wrongful death cases, slip and falls, and other catastrophic injury cases. Greg also handles medical malpractice cases, involving misdiagnoses, wrongful birth, and delayed cancer diagnosis. If you have questions regarding this article, you can contact Greg here.