New Jersey Train Accident Lawyer
Fighting for Injured Victims & Families Since 1939
Train accidents occur more often than many people think. From major accidents involving motor vehicles, derailments, and train-to-train collisions to incidents involving fallen cargo and passenger falls, numerous people are injured every year on or near trains. When injuries result from accidents that could have been avoided, victims may have the right to take legal action.
If you or someone you love has been injured in any type of train accident, you can protect your right to financial compensation by speaking personally with a proven attorney.
Our New Jersey train accident attorneys at Levinson Axelrod, P.A. are available to discuss your case during a FREE consultation. We serve clients statewide from multiple offices.
Why Call Levinson Axelrod, P.A.?
Levinson Axelrod, P.A. has remained one of New Jersey’s leading choices for personal injury representation since 1939. Clients statewide continually trust our team because:
- We are experienced. We have been fighting for injured victims, workers, and families for over 80 years, and draw from our depth of experience litigating a variety of injury cases.
- We have a winning track record. Our team has recovered more than $1 billion in compensation the years — with more than $350 million recovered in the past five years alone.
- We have Certified Specialists on staff. Each of our office locations is staffed with a New Jersey Supreme Court Certified Civil Trial or Workers’ Compensation Specialist, a distinction held by a very small percentage of NJ lawyers.
- We are highly rated. Our award-winning team has earned top marks and recognition from some of the industry’s leading rating services, including Super Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America, The National Lawyers Top 100, and more.
Train Accidents & Personal Injury Lawsuits
Victims who suffer personal injury, as well as families who lose loved ones due to wrongful death, have the right to recover financial compensation for their losses by bringing civil claims against the at-fault parties. Though there are many different types of train and railroad accidents, examples of incidents that may give rise to legal action include:
- Train derailment
- Collisions involving multiple trains
- Rail crossing accidents
- Falling cargo
- Train conductor distraction
- Slip, trip, or fall accidents in rail cars
As part of the civil injury claim process, victims must establish a few critical elements to prove fault and liability. The most important elements are negligence, or how a defendant failed to uphold the duty of care they owed victims, and causation, or how the act of negligence more likely than not caused the accident.
While train accidents are not your everyday occurrence, they often result from some type of negligence, malfunction, and / or critical failure. To identify an underlying cause, our attorneys conduct meticulous investigations and often consult with expert witnesses who help us identify likely causes, contributing factors, and failures on the parts of defendants.
There are many examples of negligence that can create liability for losses arising from a train accident. Some examples include:
- A train conductor failing to maintain a safe speed, apply the brakes, or obey a rail signal because they were distracted or texting / using a cell phone.
- A rail company’s failure to maintain or repair track, adequately train or hire fit conductors, or comply with various safety regulations.
- A distributor or rail worker’s failure to safely secure luggage or cargo, resulting in passengers being struck by objects or fallen cargo that causes a motor vehicle accident.
- A negligent motorist who causes a collision at a rail crossing / intersection.
- Train makers or manufacturers responsible for defective equipment that malfunctions.
In addition to representing victims in civil injury cases, our firm also represents rail workers who suffer injuries in the course of performing job-related duties. Our workers’ compensation team has extensive experience representing workers in both workers’ comp claims and personal injury cases.
Fighting for Full Compensation
Victims who are successful with a civil injury claim are entitled to financial compensation from the at-fault party(ies). This can include compensation for any:
- Medical bills and hospital expenses
- Rehabilitation, therapy, medications, and medical devices
- Future medical care or expenses related to injuries
- Lost wages and lost future earnings
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Loss of financial or emotional support
Wrongful death and survival actions allow families to recover similar economic and non-economic damages. This includes funeral expenses, medical bills incurred after an accident, lost financial support and benefits a decedent would have provided, lost household services, and lost emotional support.
Claims involving wrongful death and catastrophic injuries can involve profound emotional suffering, which is why our attorneys work to ensure these intangible injuries are appropriately accounted for when seeking full compensation for our clients.
Over $1B in Compensation Recovered
Levinson Axelrod, P.A. has a proven record of success representing victims and families in high-stakes injury cases, and has recovered more than $1 billion in compensation since 1939. Some of our recent results:
- $7M settlement for a Middlesex County man severely injured in a truck accident caused by a driver who lost control of his rig and crashed through the median barrier.
- $6M verdict for a victim who suffered multiple fractures after their vehicle was struck by a drunk driver.
- $1.1M settlement for a client injured when a city bus made an improper turn at excessive speeds, resulting in a head-on collision.
- $900,000 verdict for a motor vehicle accident victim who suffered lower back injuries in a collision with a tractor-trailer.
Speak personally with a train accident lawyer from Levinson Axelrod, P.A. Contact us to request your FREE case evaluation.
Medical Malpractice Settlement $12,500,000
Tractor-Trailer Jury Verdict $8,000,000
A 35-year-old laborer who resides in Kearny was seriously injured while working on the median of a highway when a passing tractor-trailer lost a wheel that struck him. Evidence at trial established that after a recent tire change, the lug nuts were not properly secured by both the owner and the independent contractor who had installed the tire. Our client suffered severe head and orthopedic injuries and is now totally disabled as a result of the accident.
Premises Liability Jury Verdict $7,000,000
A woman was putting her 3-year-old son on a carnival amusement ride while holding onto a portable fence when she received an electrical shock. Our client was hospitalized and later developed Traumatic Dystonia, a condition that caused tremors in the hand and makes the fingers curl.
Personal Injury Settlement $7,000,000
A Middlesex County man was severely injured and burned as a result of a collision with a truck. The truck driver had lost control of his vehicle and had come through a median barrier which had failed to redirect the truck away from oncoming traffic. Expert testimony established that the median barrier was defective and therefore failed to protect motorist from this type of accident.
Personal Injury Jury Verdict $6,000,000
A female drunk driver crashed into plaintiff’s vehicle causing multiple fractures to the right ankle and foot. Plaintiff’s doctor testified that plaintiff would be under pain management protocol for the rest of his life due to this condition.
Tractor-Trailer Settlement $3,700,000
A Morristown woman was injured when her vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer that lost control on black ice on Interstate 287. The defendant's truck had jack-knifed as it was changing lanes in order to avoid an earlier accident. The accident resulted in our client suffering severe head injuries.
Product Liability Jury Verdict $3,500,000
The plaintiff was injured in the products liability action when a step on his commercial truck collapsed as he was exiting his vehicle. Ronald Grayzel tried this matter before a Middlesex County jury and argued that the steps manufactured by the defendant were defective. Defendants denied this allegation and instead argued that the accident could not have occurred in the manner alleged by the plaintiff.
Personal Injury Verdict $3,200,000
Levinson Axelrod, P.A. Partner Kim Gozsa recently obtained a $3.2 million dollar verdict on behalf of a client who was injured in a slip and fall accident at an outlet shopping plaza in Jackson, New Jersey. The substantial jury award stems from a case in which Kim’s client slipped and fell on ice on a sidewalk at the Jackson Premium Outlets, an outlet shopping center in Jackson Township, New Jersey.
Personal Injury Settlement $3,000,000
A 31-year old iron worker was injured in a construction site accident when he was struck in the head by a cinder block. Despite the facts that he was wearing a hard hat at the time, the plaintiff still received a serious closed head injury resulting in both memory loss and total disability. The case was handled by both Richard Levinson and James Dunn and settled at the time of trial.
Premises Liability Jury Verdict $3,000,000
An Edison delivery man slipped on a wet floor while delivering a package. He broke his knee in the fall and suffered an injury to his spine, which in turn aggravated pre-existing conditions of incontinence and impotence which had been caused by previous injuries.
Premises Liability Jury Verdict $3,000,000
Our client, a North Plainfield man, was injured when he slipped and fell on snowy steps while exiting his building. He suffered a lumbar disc injury, requiring surgery. The jury found his landlord 100% liable for the accident for failing to clear the steps to the building.
Wrongful Death Jury Verdict $3,000,000
A worker developed asbestosis and lung cancer due to Asbestos exposure. Evidence at trial proved asbestos to be a defective product, which causes harm to workers who use it. Jury awarded the victim's widow damages for wrongful death.
Inadequate Security Jury Verdict $2,700,000
A mother of nine was shot and killed while working at a convenience store. Evidence at trial proved a lack of adequate security, including a panic button and outgoing phone line, had placed this worker at risk. Expert testimony also established that there was an increased risk of criminal activity in convenience stores which had inadequate surveillance equipment. The matter was upheld on Appeal, and settled prior to being reviewed by the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Personal Injury Settlement $2,650,000
The plaintiff sustained a traumatic amputation of one leg, and a crush injury to the opposite foot, in a construction site accident. The claim was brought against the Department of Transportation, as it had a duty to monitor safety on the work site and its failure to do so contributed to the happening of this accident.
Motorcycle Collision Settlement $2,500,000
A young man was seriously injured while riding his motorcycle to work when another driver made a left hand turn in front of him, leaving our client had no memory of the accident. He suffered a number of serious fractures and underwent multiple surgeries, leaving him with disabilities. The case settled on the second day of trial.
Personal Injury Settlement $2,500,000
Our client suffered a traumatic head injury after falling due to an unsecure railing.
Auto Accident Settlement $2,500,000
Levinson Axelrod Partner, Mark V. Kuminski represented a local Franklin Township woman who was involved in a three-car motor vehicle accident. The incident occurred when one of the drivers, later named as the defendant in the personal injury lawsuit filed by Mark and our firm, rear-ended a vehicle that had been stopped. Mark’s ability to express the full scope of damages incurred by our client, proved successful in compelling the jury to rule in our client’s favor.
Premises Liability Settlement $2,500,000
Our client was injured while delivering a 3,000 pound piece of equipment to defendant's premises. The defendant's employees were assisting our client in unloading the product when one of them prematurely activated the lift gate, causing the piece of equipment to fall and strike his legs. He suffered serious injuries to both legs, requiring multiple surgeries.
Personal Injury Jury Verdict $2,250,000
The plaintiff injured her ankle when she stepped into a cement cut out in a commercial sidewalk where a tree had been planted. The plaintiff had been walking on the sidewalk on her way to a down town holiday festival. Her attention had been distracted by a negligently placed chestnut grilling stand, thereby diverting her attention away from the cut out. The plaintiff brought claims against both the property owner and the operator of the chestnut stand.
Construction Accident Settlement $2,200,000
The plaintiff sustained a herniated disc in his lower back, for which he was required to undergo a surgical fusion. When the surgery failed to improve his symptoms, the plaintiff underwent the implantation of a spinal cord stimulator.
Levinson Axelrod, P.A. is committed to helping good people through difficult times. We build real relationships and make communication a priority to provide the best possible service and results.
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