On Friday, Governor Phil Murphy signed the bill titled Tommy’s Law and made it into law. The bill was named for a 27-year-old man who crossed the train tracks in Ramsey, New Jersey in 2016 and was fatally injured. Tommy’s Law assigns a representative from NJ Transit to provide victims and their loved ones with support and counseling services after an accident involving a family member and a NJ Transit vehicle. Professional referrals as well as family crisis intervention services may be included. Additionally, information regarding the nature of the accident must be offered as soon as possible to the victim and family members.
NJ Transit has faced increasing scrutiny amid incidents in which commuters and bystanders were injured – some fatally. This includes the devastating train accident that occurred in September 2016 that fatally injured a female commuter who was waiting on a platform. Pedestrians and other bystanders may be just as vulnerable as riders on trains or buses when an accident takes place in their vicinity. Tommy’s Law will ensure that families touched by a serious crash involving NJ Transit will receive the help they need to move forward after a tragic incident.
If you or a family member has been seriously injured in a NJ Transit crash, contact our New Jersey personal injury lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP at 732-777-0100. Contact us online to schedule a free consultation at one of our locations in Edison, Red Bank, or Toms River, New Jersey. We proudly serve clients throughout New Jersey.