A 43-year-old man was killed in a Newark train accident when he attempted to cross the train tracks on foot. According to a news report in The Star Ledger, the fatal train accident occurred near Newark’s Penn Station. Authorities report that there is no crossing where the collision took place and it is not known why the man was there. An investigation is underway to determine how and why this accident took place.
According to The Federal Highway Administration 2009 report on railroad crossings, 1,896 incidents on public highway-rail crossings resulted in 247 fatalities and 705 injuries in the United States. That same year, 431 people were killed and 343 were injured while trespassing on railroad right-of-way and property. Even in cases involving trespassing, there are sometimes circumstances that allow the victim’s family to receive compensation for their loss following a fatal collision.
A skilled New Jersey accident attorney will carefully review all aspects of a crash to determine who may be held liable for the damages suffered. The railroad authority is usually responsible for clearly marking the tracks and warning pedestrians and drivers of oncoming trains. Failure to provide proper warnings and safety features can result in liability issues for the transit company or the railroad authority.
The personal injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein help families get to the bottom of how and why an accident occurred. In cases involving negligence, we help victims and their families receive fair compensation for a crash. If you or a loved one has been injured in a New Jersey train or auto accident, call our office at 609-240-0040 to discuss your case at no cost.