Train accident Boston MA

Experienced Massachusetts Train Accident Lawyers

Fighting for victims of railroad, MBTA, Amtrak, and other train-related accidents in MA

Breakstone, White and Gluck, P.C. has more than 100 years of combined experience representing train and other vehicle accident victims. We’re respected by former clients, insurance companies, and defense lawyers for our remarkable record of high settlements and verdicts.

If you have been injured in a Massachusetts train accident, you should find a lawyer with a broad range of experience these types of cases. Often causing mass injuries or even casualties, train accidents can affect passengers, nearby motorists, and passers-by. You may find yourself facing extensive medical bills, loss of paycheck, and ongoing chronic pain and suffering.

In some of our more notable cases, we secured millions for a victim of a train accident involving the Green Line and also successfully handled several claims arising from the Canton MBCR train crash. Call our Boston office today to get started.

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Motorcycle Accident

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This is a very forward-thinking team who makes critical and appreciated investments in time and effort to give their clients the edge. I would absolutely recommend. ~ Junyong Pak

What should I do after a train accident?

Immediate investigation and preservation of evidence is often a critical element in proving a personal injury case involving a train or other types of common carrier accidents. Investigations involve examination of the scene while the evidence, such as skid marks and gouge marks, is fresh.

After a train accident, it is also critical to establish contact with the investigating authorities, who often will do accident reconstructions. Some of the agencies that may be involved in the investigation of any type of rail accident include the National Traffic Safety Board and the Federal Railroad Administration. We understand the investigation process and the laws and regulations that govern the operation, transportation, and safety protocols for train travel.

It is essential that you immediately hire an experienced train accident attorney to investigate your claim so we can promptly investigate the accident, coordinate your claim with any other claims, work with the appropriate federal and state agencies, and speak with any experts such as engineers who may help prove how the accident happened.

It is also essential that you get prompt medical attention for your personal injuries. Many train accidents cause catastrophic injuries that require skilled physicians and healthcare professionals and every phase of your diagnosis and treatment.

What types of damages can I claim for my injuries?

If you have been injured in a train accident, you may be able to claim damages for the injuries you have suffered. The types of damages that you may be able to claim will depend on the specific circumstances of the accident, but generally, they can include:

  • Medical expenses, past and future
  • Lost wages, past and future
  • Disability or disfigurement
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of ability to enjoy life
  • Property damage

Your personal injury attorney can determine a more realistic number in a personal consultation.

Who pays for my expenses after a Boston train accident?

After a train accident in Boston, the responsible party for paying your bills will depend on the specific circumstances of the accident.

At Breakstone, White and Gluck, we file personal injury and wrongful death claims against all responsible parties. Often, we file claims against multiple defendants including:

  • The train operator/driver
  • Train companies
  • Commuter rail authorities
  • Maintenance companies
  • Repair companies
  • Design and engineering firms
  • Drivers of cars and trucks involved in the accident
  • Other responsible parties

Our Boston train accident attorneys are skilled at filing claims against multiple defendants and negotiating with the insurance companies for each defendant, including self-insured companies or authorities.

How can a Boston train accident attorney from Breakstone, White & Gluck help?

The lawyers at Breakstone, White & Gluck are experienced in securing compensation for victims injured in railway and railroad company accidents. Our attorneys handle cases from initial investigation through trial, and, if necessary, all appeals.  We’ll guide you calmly, clearly, and firmly through every stage of the litigation process. We’ll direct you to any doctors and healthcare providers you need to see in addition to the ones you’re currently seeing.

We work with investigators, federal and state agencies, local law enforcement, engineers, and other seasoned professionals to show how your Boston train accident happened and why the defendants should be held liable. We work with your doctors to understand every aspect of your medical condition including your current and future treatment needs and all your pain and suffering. Our results include multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements.

Taking on the toughest cases

The lawyers at Breakstone, White & Gluck are experienced in catastrophic injury claims. This means we focus on clients with severe injuries – injuries that will affect them for the rest of their lives. Catastrophic injuries are the types of injuries that require rehabilitation, physical therapy, surgeries, medication, and interventions long after the injury has occurred. Talk to us about how can help with:

Our priority is to fight for the rights of people of Massachusetts when they need it most. You can listen to our clients’ stories on our Testimonials page.

What types of train accident claims do you handle?

The personal injury attorneys at Breakstone, White & Gluck handle all types of Boston railroad accidents including:

  • Collisions of freight trains and passenger trains
  • MBTA accidents
  • MBCR accidents
  • Amtrak accidents
  • Freight accidents
  • Collisions with passenger and bicycle riders
  • Trolley crashes

We handle train accidents due to:

  • Derailment of train cars
  • Improperly parked train cars
  • Negligent railway maintenance
  • Negligent security at trains or railroad stations
  • Commuter rail and light rail accidents
  • Sudden train movements
  • Inadequate maintenance of rail terminals
  • Failure to warn of safety hazards
  • Negligence in railroad crossing design and maintenance
  • Failure to warn of low-bed truck hazards at crossings
  • Negligence of conductors or engineers
  • Illness on trains
  • Excessive speed
  • All other causes

We already handle claims involving some of the most dangerous rail lines including the Green Line (a light rail system), and the Stoughton Line (a commuter rail line).

How dangerous are train accidents?

According to Statista, in 2021, there were more than 9,200 train accidents that injured 5,375 people and killed 901 people.

Railroad companies and commuter rail lines, including the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company (MBCR), are considered common carriers because they transport the nation’s most valuable cargo – people. Common carriers are held to heightened liability standards by the Federal and state government. A common carrier is generally required to exercise the utmost care, diligence, and vigilance in transporting passengers.

Why do train accidents happen in Boston?

Many train accidents are due to the negligence of the railway company, but accidents can also be caused by the negligence of motor vehicle operators who fail to yield at railway crossings and other defendants. Many accidents are caused by inspection and maintenance violations. Train accidents may also be due to defective train parts.

Train accidents can involve locomotives, MBTA commuter rail, subway, trolley, or local light rail systems. They can happen at crossings where the safety equipment fails or at unprotected crossings where there are no lights or signals to indicate an oncoming train to passenger vehicles.

Trains can derail due to improper track maintenance or mechanical failure. Driver fatigue can contribute to train and railway accidents. Excessive speed is often a cause of train or trolley accidents. Train accidents can also lead to hazardous cargo spills, which can injure or kill nearby residents.

What types of injuries do train accident victims in Boston suffer?

Train accidents often cause catastrophic, permanent, and very serious injuries due to the size and weight of the trains and the fast speed at which trains travel. Our Boston train accident lawyers represent victims who have traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage and/or paralysis, traumatic amputations, burn injuries, broken bones, nerve damage, soft tissue injuries, and other types of serious injuries.

How much time do I have to file a train accident claim in MA?

Generally, accident victims have three years from the date of the train accident to file their lawsuit. The best course of action is to contact us immediately. There may be much shorter time limits for some cases such as when the defendant is a governmental agency. We need to quickly investigate the scene of the train accident while the physical evidence is fresh and everyone’s memory is fresh. We also need to be sure you’re seeing the health professionals you should. Call us today to help protect your rights.

Do you have a train accident lawyer near me?

Our Boston train accident lawyers meet clients and families at our Boston office located at 2 Center Plaza #530. We also meet clients when necessary at their homes, at healthcare facilities, and through scheduled video conferences.

We understand your fears and concerns. We’ll answer all your questions and be your advocate. We are skilled trial lawyers who settle many claims because we also have obtained many high jury verdicts.

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Choose our seasoned Massachusetts train accident lawyers

Your legal rights need to be protected after a railroad accident. You should hire an experienced train accident attorney, one who understands the many complex laws and regulations in this highly regulated industry, and one who has the resources and experience to evaluate and handle your case. To assert your rights to compensation for all your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages, (including wrongful death damages) please call us or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation with Breakstone, White & Gluck in Massachusetts today.

$7,100,000

Bus Accident

Bus Runs Over Pedestrian

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$3,750,000

Motorcycle Accident

Motorcyclist Suffers Facial Fractures, Concussion and Loss of Vision in One Eye

Read More

$3,000,000

Truck Accident

Driver Sustains Severe Orthopedic Injuries

Read More

$2,200,000

Automobile Accident

Rear End Collision

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This is a very forward-thinking team who makes critical and appreciated investments in time and effort to give their clients the edge. I would absolutely recommend. ~ Junyong Pak