Experienced Massachusetts Train Accident Lawyers
Fighting for victims of railroad, MBTA, Amtrak, and other train-related accidents in MA
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.
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.
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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Common questions from injury clients
- What should I do after a train accident?
- What types of damages can I claim for my injuries?
- Who pays for my expenses after a Boston train accident?
- How can a Boston train accident attorney from Breakstone, White & Gluck help?
- What types of train accident claims do you handle?
- How dangerous are train accidents?
- Why do train accidents happen in Boston?
- What types of injuries do train accident victims in Boston suffer?
- How much time do I have to file a train accident claim?
- Do you have a train accident lawyer near me?
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.
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.
After a train accident in Boston, the responsible party for paying your bills will depend on the specific circumstances of the accident.
- 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.
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.
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:
- Broken and fractured bones
- Neck and shoulder injuries
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Head and brain injuries
- Burn injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic amputation injuries
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Wrongful death
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.