A 16-year-old girl was killed in a New Jersey Transit train accident on January 16 when a train struck her as she crossed the tracks. According to a news report in The Star-Ledger, the fatal train accident occurred near Main Street in Ramsey. Police say that the girl stepped into the crossing and did not attempt to move out of the way. It is unclear how many witnesses saw the fatal crash or how and why the Hoboken-bound train could not stop in time to avoid the collision. It is also unclear if the crossing had adequate working warning signs and gates.
According to The Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety Analysis, there were 52 New Jersey train accidents in 2009. Of those, 25 accidents were caused by human factors. Train accidents may also occur as a result of track issues, equipment failure or signal malfunctions. Whenever there is a serious train accident, it is important that hasty conclusions are not made and that ample time is given for a thorough investigation.
Some train accidents result from operator negligence or negligence on the part of the governing body in charge of the crossing. In such cases, the negligent party may be held liable for damages associated with the accident. The family of someone killed in a New Jersey train accident would be well-advised to speak to a skilled attorney to discuss their legal options.
The Princeton wrongful death accident lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein work with qualified experts and investigators to assess fault and liability in train accident cases. We help families understand their rights and help them pursue fair compensation for their losses. If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a train accident, please call us at 609-240-0040 for a free consultation and case evaluation.