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Representing Families After Train Accident Tragedies

A train car loaded with lumber rolled from a side track onto a mainline and hit a stationary commuter train during rush hour Tuesday afternoon.

The commuter train’s locomotive was not moving when it was hit by a CSX freight car that rolled about 2 miles from where it had been parked at a lumber yard, said Joe Pesaturo, spokesman for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

About 300 people were on the train, which had left from Boston’s South Station and was on its way to Stoughton.

The flat car had been placed at a customer’s location earlier in the day, loaded with lumber, the car rolled about two miles from where it had been parked then it traveled onto the Stoughton commuter rail branch line, then onto the mainline where it struck the passenger train’s locomotive near Canton Junction just before 5:30 p.m.

If you or someone you love is injured in this train accident, a lawyer at our law firm will help. An experienced train accident lawyer at Bailey & Burke can review your claim and explain your legal rights.

Types And Causes Of Railroad Accidents

The most common types of train accidents involve locomotives, MBTA commuter rail or local light rail systems, and can be caused by the following:

  • Collisions of freight trains and passenger trains
  • Absent or inadequate warnings
  • MBTA accidents
  • Derailment of train cars
  • Negligent 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
  • On-the-job accidents
  • Negligence of conductors or engineers

A train accident attorney from The Law Offices of Bailey & Burke can help victims from across the state and the country determine the cause of the accident.

Train Accident Investigation

Train or railroad accident law can be complicated, and as a result it is important to retain a lawyer prepared to help you through the process of determining what really happened and who is responsible. After an accident has occurred, a train accident attorney at our experienced firm will work as quickly as possible with our legal team to preserve the wreckage, interview witnesses, evaluate liability, identify jurisdictional issues, and protect you and your family’s rights during interviews with authorities and insurance representatives. At Bailey & Burke, we will act immediately to determine if the railroad crossing was unreasonably dangerous and what safety procedures were in place at the time of the train accident. It is important that our attorney and investigators be able to start the evidence collection process as soon as possible. The longer it takes to begin our investigation, the more difficult it is to locate and preserve the evidence and witnesses needed to reconstruct and prove what really happened.

Contact A Leominster Massachusetts Train Accident Lawyer

If you or a member of your family has been involved in a train or railroad accident, an attorney at Bailey & Burke can help. Due to the complex and time-sensitive nature of most train accident cases, it is important to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. At Bailey & Burke, we combine commitment, know-how, innovation, knowledge and firm resources to level the playing field for victims of train accidents, by providing the kind of comprehensive and aggressive legal representation previously enjoyed only by large corporations. Contact our office for a review of your train accident case. A lawyer at our office can assist victims from across Massachusetts.

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