Railroad Accidents

There are several types of railroad accidents that can result in catastrophic personal injury to anyone involved, such as passengers or railroad employees. Railroad accidents include collisions with another train, derailment, train-car collisions, and pedestrian/ work place injury following contact with trains. At Sheff Law, we frequently represent victims whose injuries occurred due to a lack of care on the railways. Specifically, we represent many railroad workers who pursue their right, under the FELA, a special statute created to protect railroad workers. Train or railroad accidents usually involve the commuter rail, locomotives, trolley, or local subway systems. The lawyers at Sheff Law are skilled in using the latest technology, experts, and resources to reconstruct the accident in a realistic and reliable fashion. We work tirelessly to hold the responsible parties accountable and get our clients full and fair compensation for their injuries. At Sheff Law, we also strive to make a difference in the safety of our nation’s railways, and to the railroad workplace.


Some of the common factors resulting in train accidents include:

  • Mechanical failure
  • Human error
  • Improper maintenance
  • Failure of railroad track and equipment
  • Excessive cargo loads


We have over 60 years of experience dealing with train and railroad accidents, so we’re confident that we can give each client the results they deserve. Our vast experience includes many varieties of railroad accident cases, including those that resulted from:

  • Violations of railway maintenance and safety regulations
  • Careless security at trains or railroad stations
  • Derailment of train cars
  • Collisions of freight trains and passenger trains
  • Runaway freight cars
  • Commuter rail and light rail accident
  • Abrupt train movements
  • Wrongful death
  • Insufficient warnings for safety hazard
  • Unnecessary speed
  • Potential worker accidents
  • Railroad worker accidents

Our attorneys are very familiar with train and railroad accidents. We will use all of our knowledge and experience in order to protect your legal rights and get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a railroad accident, please fill out the form to the left, or call an experienced Boston attorney at Sheff Law at 617-227-7000 or 888-423-4477 (toll free) to schedule a free of charge initial consultation.