Unfortunately, many people are injured each year in Massachusetts in accidents involving a MBTA subway, train, trolley or bus. Whether it is because of a derailment, collision or inadequate operation or maintenance, accident victims are often able to bring personal injury claims for compensation.
Tuesday morning, eight people aboard a MBTA bus were injured when the bus driver abruptly slammed on the brakes to avoid crashing into a car that had reportedly made a quick left turn in front of the bus.
The accident occurred just before 8:30 a.m. on Route 28 in Milton, Massachusetts. Seven of the injured passengers on the bus had to be taken to local hospitals for treatment, authorities said. Most of the passengers suffered from neck, back, shoulder or head injuries.
According to T police, the bus driver said she was headed north on Randolph Avenue when a 72-year-old man in an SUV attempted to make a quick left turn in front of the bus, trying to get to Chickatawbut Road. Even though the bus driver slammed on the brakes, she admitted that there still had been contact made with the SUV.
Like with any accident, it is important that all of the people involved are able to get the treatment they need to fully recover. Often times after accidents, the other driver’s insurance company immediately contacts those involved to offer a settlement.
However, taking this offer right away is usually not a good idea because the insurance companies generally don’t have the best interests of the injured parties in mind. Additionally, sometimes in situations such as this the MBTA itself can be sued under Massachusetts tort law.
With any accident, including those involving an MBTA subway, train, trolley or bus, it’s a good idea to consult with a personal injury law attorney in your area to discuss the compensation that you may be entitled to.
Source: Patriot Ledger, “Eight people hurt when driver allegedly cuts off MBTA bus in Milton,” 6/8/2011.