A 70-year-old woman was seriously injured in a New Jersey car accident after the vehicle she was in was struck by a Conrail truck travelling on railroad tracks. According to a news report in My Central Jersey, the crash happened on the Clinton Avenue Extension in South Plainfield. A 2006 Ford-350 owned by Conrail, which was operated by an employee, went out of control and struck the vehicle holding the victim. The truck’s driver told officials that he applied the brakes, but the vehicle would not stop due to wet rails. The woman suffered severe head injuries and was transported to an area hospital.
Railroad accidents can result in major injuries or even fatalities. In any railroad accident, a number of questions must be asked. What caused the accident? Was the operator negligent in some way? Was he or she distracted? Was there some type of malfunction with the vehicle or the railroad equipment? If the accident occurred at a street level crossing, were there warning lights, arms, or bells at the location? Were any of those warning devices activated at the time of the incident?
In such cases, if the railroad employee is determined to have been at fault, both he and his employer can be held liable for the injuries and damages caused. Injured victims can seek compensation from the negligent parties for damages including medical expenses, lost earnings, hospitalization, and surgery costs. Victims can also claim compensation for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering and emotional distress.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a New Jersey train or railroad accident, the experienced NJ personal injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein can advise you about your legal rights and options. Please contact us at (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.