Wrongful death is the death of a person caused by the negligence of another person or entity.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 39 wrongful deaths occur each year per 100,000 people in the United States. Among the nearly 121,000 annual deaths in America resulting from unintentional injury accidents, roughly 33,700 deaths are caused by motor vehicle collisions 33,040 deaths from poisoning, and 26,000 deaths from slip and fall/trip and fall accidents. Unfortunately, wrongful death is more common than we wish to believe.
Today, MTA police say a train struck a man at the Lynbrook station Thursday night (last night). The victim was initially alive but News 12 has learned he was pronounced dead.
The LIRR also tweeted that some eastbound Long Beach trains were being rerouted to Freeport, with added stops at Rockville Centre and Baldwin.
It should be noted that legally, the operators of the rail line are responsible for ensuring that the rail line is operated in a safe manner. That may mean that the trains and commuter lines be operated within established speed and guidelines. That also may mean keeping their premises blocked or cordoned off from pedestrian, vehicle, or bicyclist traffic at dangerous or populous intersections.
If any safety measures were breached during the operation of any rail line, that may be a Wrongful Death personal injury case.
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New York State’s wrongful death statutes allow dependents and beneficiaries (i.e. close relatives) to sue negligent parties responsible for the death of a family member. A wrongful death lawsuit may seek economic damages, such as compensation for medical, nursing, funeral expenses, and loss of future income or support, as well as non-economic damages such as personal pain and suffering. There are important procedural steps that must be taken in order to receive full and fair compensation for these claims and cases.