Hackensack, NJ – Man Struck, Killed by Pascack Valley Line Commuter Train on Essex St

Hackensack, NJ – Man Struck, Killed by Pascack Valley Line Commuter Train on Essex St

Hackensack, NJ (August 24, 2022) – A commuter train struck and killed a man on Wednesday, August 24th near the Essex Street Train Station in Hackensack.

Detectives reported that, at about 9:55 a.m., the Pascack Valley Line train hit a 66-year-old pedestrian in the area of East Railroad Avenue and Essex Street. Under what circumstances was not immediately clear.

The train was traveling from Hoboken to New Bridge Landing in Spring Valley. Neither the single patron nor any of the crew was injured.  

Fire crews, city police, Bergen County sheriff’s officers, and New Jersey Transit Police were among the initial responders.

New Jersey Transit Police are leading the investigation.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.

Proving Wrongful Deaths in New Jersey

Hackensack, NJ - Man Struck, Killed by Pascack Valley Line Commuter Train on Essex St

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.  
  • 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.
  • 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. 

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. 

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.

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 cases and addressing any concerns they have regarding the complex legal process that follows the preventable loss of someone they love. 

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.