Massachusetts Woman Files Lawsuit Over 2009 Trolley Accident

Massachusetts Woman Files Lawsuit Over 2009 Trolley AccidentA Massachusetts woman who was one of 68 people injured when the trolley car she was riding in crashed into another recently filed a lawsuit against the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA).

Samantha Mattei broke her back and suffered a severe concussion in the incident, which was allegedly caused by the train car's driver text-messaging while operating the trolley, reports the Boston Herald.

Mattei claims that she suffers from vertigo and other neurological conditions as a result of the accident and has now filed suit against the MBTA. Eleven others have reportedly started litigation as a result of the incident.

"I'm fed up with being broken," the 21-year-old told the news source. "I get frustrated with myself because I can’t do what I want to do."

MBTA General Manager Richard Davey would not discuss the specific suit but said that the use of cell phones by operators was banned shortly after the incident.

"We continue to have some of the toughest policies in place in the country in terms of cell phone use and texting," he told the Herald.

The Salem News reports that Mattei is seeking more than $51,000 for medical expenses and lost wages.