Public Transportation Accident Attorneys in West New York, NJ
As part of the New York metropolitan area, Hudson County is home to various forms of public transportation. Along with the New York Waterway Ferry, commuters have access to a sophisticated transit bus and train system, the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) subway system and more. In fact, Jersey City has been ranked as the fourth-best city across the nation for public transportation. While these public transportation options can be convenient, affordable ways to get around, they can also be involved in accidents that are caused by negligence. The legal team at Greenberg & Walden, LLC proudly represents clients in various types of public transportation accident claims. Dedicated to helping accident victims obtain justice and financial recovery, we are ready to explain your legal options and aggressively champion your rights if you or someone you love has been harmed in a public transportation accident. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
What Causes Public Transportation Accidents?
Mass transit accidents are some of the most complex accidents that New Jersey residents can be involved in. It is important to determine how these accidents are caused when deciding to take legal action. Any number of factors can cause public buses, trains, subways, and ferries to be involved in accidents. Some of the many factors that contribute to mass transit accidents include:
- The negligence of drivers, engineers or operators – Distraction, fatigue, impairment, as well as a lack of training, are some forms of operator negligence that can contribute to public transportation accidents.
- The negligence of transportation authorities – This can include failures to hire qualified operators; failures to maintain vehicles, trains, vessels or railways; and failures to comply with the applicable regulations.
- The negligence of others – Other motorists and the makers of defective equipment are just a couple of additional parties whose negligence can play a role in causing public transportation accidents.
The facts and evidence associated with a particular accident are critical in determining its cause and which parties are at fault.
Who Is Liable for Public Transportation Accidents?
The most important factor in recovering financial compensation following an accident is determining the negligent party. Liability will fall on those whose negligence contributed to a given accident. Depending on the causes of the accident, liable parties can include the following:
- Other motorists
- Other passengers
- A transit authority (i.e., a government entity)
- Subcontractors who may be responsible for maintaining transit vehicles, rails, etc.
- A manufacturer of the faulty vehicle or vessel equipment.
The experienced attorneys at Greenberg & Walden, LLC can help you determine all of the parties who are liable for your public transportation accident and hold them accountable.
How Soon Do Public Transportation Accident Cases Have to Be Filed?
Mass transit accidents are different than many other types of accidents. The window you have to file your claim will depend on which parties are liable for the accident. If a transit authority is liable, you will typically have to file a notice of claim within 90 days of the accident (with some exceptions). If private parties are liable, the statute of limitations to file a case may be up to two years from the date of the accident, the date on which the injuries are discovered, or the date of death. Regardless of who is liable, it is generally recommended you file your claim as soon as possible. Generally, more evidence is available when the accident occurred recently. Additionally, promptly filing a claim can help victims recover the compensation they need as soon as possible.
Contact a Hudson County Accident Attorney
If you or someone you love has been hurt in a public transportation accident due to another party’s negligence, a Jersey City bus, train & auto accident lawyer at Greenberg & Walden, LLC is ready to explain your legal options and help you recover the compensation and justice you deserve. Committed to upholding the principles of justice, honesty, integrity, and service, the experienced trial lawyers at Greenberg & Walden, LLC have more than 150 years of combined legal experience. This empowers us to provide extraordinary representation, personal service, and successful resolutions. Greenberg & Walden, LLC is proud to represent injured people and families from across New Jersey in various types of personal injury claims.