Glen Rock, NJ – Man Fatally Struck by Commuter Train Near Main Line Train StationNY/NJ Legal News
Glen Rock, NJ (June 03, 2022) – A commuter train struck and killed a man in the pre-dawn hours of Friday, June 3rd in Glen Rock.
Glen Rock Police and New Jersey Transit Police responded to the scene just south of the Main Line train station at about 2:30 a.m. Upon their arrival, they located the victim in a forested area close to the Route 208 overpass.
The victim, thought to be in his late 20s or early 30s, died at the scene. Official identification is pending.
No injuries were reported among the 10 passengers and crew members aboard the train.
The No. 1101 Main Line train was supposed to arrive in Suffern at 2:42 a.m. after departing from Hoboken at 1:32 a.m.
New Jersey Transit said that services were not disrupted since this was the last train of the day.
Paramedics from the Valley Hospital in Ridgewood and Glen Rock firefighters assisted at the scene.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.
Proving Wrongful Deaths in New Jersey
Establishing wrongful death in a personal injury claim is dissimilar from a criminal case. In a criminal case, a prosecutor is tasked with proving a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Claims of wrongful death, however, are civil cases proven through the legal theory of negligence.
To establish liability in wrongful death, a case must demonstrate all three of the following elements:
- Duty of Care: In legal terminology, a duty of care implies that the negligent party owed your family member a basic degree of consideration to ensure their safety and keep them from harm. For instance, property owners have a duty to maintain their property in a reasonably safe manner by ensuring it is free from perils such as unmarked wet floors, improperly serviced elevators, and loose handrails in stairwells.
On the road, drivers owe one another a duty to obey all traffic laws and behave with reasonable care. Doctors, nurses, physical therapists, and other medical professionals have a duty toward their patients to act with a basic level of care.
- Violation of Duty: To prove this element, you will have to show that the person responsible for the death violated the duty of care they owed to the victim. Taking into account the situation and the knowledge the defendant had at the time, you will need to prove that they would have been aware that someone could be injured or killed as a result of their action or inaction.
Drivers, for instance, are fully aware that it’s dangerous to drink and drive. Business owners can reasonably be expected to know that they have a duty to follow specific safety guidelines to keep their employees and patrons safe.
- Causation: In basic terms, to prove this element you will have to show that the defendant’s violation of their duty of care directly caused your family member’s death.
Using the drunk driving example, if a driver drinks, gets behind the wheel, and hits a pedestrian who then dies of their injuries, that driver would be directly responsible for the pedestrian’s death.
Our wrongful death attorneys at Metro Law are accessible seven days a week to help grieving families by providing updates on the progression of their case and addressing any concerns they have regarding the complex legal process that follows the preventable loss of someone they love.
If your family member lost their life in an accident caused by negligence, contact our personal injury attorneys in New Jersey at (800) 469-6476 to find out what legal action is right for you.
Notes: Outside sources were used in the creation of this post including news bulletins and first-hand accounts of the accident and injuries involved. As a result, the details of the accident presented have not been independently verified. If you have identified any false information in the story or would like the post to be removed, please inform us immediately, and we will correct the information or remove the post.
Disclaimer: As a member of the local community, we at Metro Law strive to improve the overall safety and quality of life for everyone who lives in our beloved state. We are extremely saddened by these accidents but hope that through an awareness of these dangers, those in our community will take precautions to avoid these accidents. This is not a solicitation for business, and this information should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. We wish only the best and quickest recovery to all those involved in the accident. The photos depicted in this post are not from the actual accident scene.