A man was killed recently after he was struck by a New Jersey Transit Train. According to NJ.com, the fatal New Jersey pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of Market Street and South Midland Avenue in Elmwood. The train, which was carrying about 700 passengers, was going from Suffern, New York, to Hoboken, New Jersey, when the fatal collision occurred. It is unclear what caused the accident.
Whenever a pedestrian is killed in a train accident, there are a number of questions that must be asked. Was the victim aware that a train was coming? Was it a suicide attempt? Did the location have working railroad crossing lights, alarm or crossing gate? Was the train operator distracted? Was the train speeding? Did the operator use the warning horn while approaching the intersection? Did alcohol play a part in the crash? There are a number of different circumstances that could allow the victim’s family to pursue financial compensation from the train operator, the train company, or even the governing body in charge of maintaining the intersection.
Injuries suffered in train accidents in New Jersey are often fatal because of the size, weight, and speed of these trains and the damage they can do to people or even smaller vehicles. The family of someone killed in a train accident would be well-advised to seek legal guidance from a skilled attorney who can work with investigators to determine the cause of the crash and liability.
The reputed New Jersey pedestrian accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein handle all types of injury accidents, including pedestrian and train accidents. We provide free consultations at 609-240-0040 to anyone who has lost a loved one in an accident caused by another person’s negligence. Call us today to find out how we can help.