A New Jersey Transit train hit a Mercedes-Benz sedan and left the driver seriously injured, according to an Associated Press news report in April of 2010. The train was heading toward Hoboken, New Jersey. The driver was trying to cross the tracks when her car was hit. The female driver was the only person in her vehicle and was hospitalized with serious injuries. Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the crash. According to the news report, the particular railroad crossing where this accident occurred does have crossing gates.
Federal Highway Association statistics note that in 2007, there were 299 deaths and 817 injuries at public highway-rail crossings in America Typically, governmental, municipal entities and transportation companies are responsible for providing safe railroad crossings, with properly functioning gates, lights, and warning systems. Shortcomings in these safety systems create the potential for an accident.
While it is not presently clear what may have caused this particular New Jersey train accident, it is almost always true that injuries sustained in these types of incidents are quite severe. The New Jersey injury lawyers at Blume Forte can help you secure proper compensation for your physical injuries and related losses as a result of a New Jersey train accident. Call us today at 973-635-5400 for a no-cost consultation and a comprehensive evaluation of your potential claim.