The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is responsible for building, maintaining, and operating various transportation hubs in the area, including the Holland Tunnel, the Lincoln Tunnel, Newark Airport, John F. Kennedy Airport, and various bridges and bus terminals. Every day, millions of travelers and commuters count on the Port Authority to maintain the area’s infrastructure in a way that does not pose an unreasonable risk of injury. Unfortunately, accidents that are caused by the Port Authority happen on a regular basis, sometimes leaving victims with extremely serious injuries.
Legal claims against the Port Authority are subject to a special set of legal rules that limit the amount of time that victims have to make a claim. While you have two years to file a personal injury claim against a private party in the state of New Jersey, you only have one year to file a similar claim against the Port Authority. In addition, victims are required to file a notice of a claim 60 days before filing a lawsuit against the agency.
How do Actions against the Port Authority Arise?
Millions of people traverse the areas bridges, tunnels, and airport concourses every day without incident. Accidents can occur in a number of ways, however, including the following:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Accidents caused by unmarked or poorly-marked construction areas
- Crashes that are the result of poor roadway maintenance
- Accidents involving deterioration of a tunnel or bridge
After an accident, victims should be certain to record as much information about the incident as possible, including taking pictures of the scene of the accident. In addition, if you are hurt while on Port Authority property, you should ensure that an official incident report is created and that you seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if you do not think you are seriously injured.
Call the Yampaglia Law Today to Speak with an Experienced New Jersey Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been injured in an accident on property maintained by the Port Authority, you should contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Waiting to speak with a lawyer could result in you giving up your right to recover compensation for your injuries. To schedule a free consultation with New Jersey personal injury lawyer Mark Yampaglia, please call our office today at 201-933-3240. If you would prefer sending us an email, please do so through our online contact form available here.