MBTA Commuter Rail, Buses, Subway, and Railroad Crashes

Everyday transportation accidents that can be life altering


For many, riding the “T”, Amtrak or a MBTA bus is a daily occurrence. Unfortunately, these types of public transportation are all too frequently involved in major accidents and crashes. SUGARMAN has represented people injured or killed in all types of railroad collisions, including trains, subways, buses  and the commuter rail.  In addition, the firm pursues lawsuits for those struck by trains and subways, and people injured on train and subway platforms or in train and subway stations.

Similarly, SUGARMAN’s personal injury lawyers represent railroad, subway and MBTA workers (and their families) who are injured or killed in train or subway accidents, including claims under the Federal Employers Liability Act, claims involving defective railroad equipment, and claims involving the negligence of railroad contractors and sub-contractors.

Cases involving the MBTA, Amtrak and other railroad companies are governed by a detailed, inter-related set of state and federal statutes and regulations. These laws govern such things as speed, use of signals and horns, staffing of railroad equipment, employee hours, right of way on tracks, ownership and control of tracks and crossings, and behavior at crossings. The laws also dictate when and how claims for personal injuries against railroad companies can be brought. SUGARMAN attorneys possess the most comprehensive understanding of these complex laws as well as the experience in representing those injured in such claims.

Real Cases

Nna, et al. v. American Standard, Inc., 630 F. Supp. 2d 115 (2009)

In an action brought by the widow and injured co-workers of a Massachusetts transportation company employee for a defectively designed warning device (train horn), SUGARMAN attorneys reached a settlement after the Court rejected the horn manufacturer's claim that the horn was not defective and did not play a role in causing the accident.

Train workers injured by failure to monitor their work

Two railroad workers were severely injured while working in a tunnel when they were struck by a moving train as a result of improper monitoring of their work.

Tryon v. City of Lowell, 29 Mass. App. Ct. 720 (1991)

The Superior Court's judgment for the defendant was overturned on appeal. At trial, the jury awarded SUGARMAN's clients damages for injuries to a child trespasser after his arm was run over by a train as he walked along railroad tracks on his way to school.