MBTA involved in two fatal accidents today

Today was not a good day for MBTA. Two people were killed in separate accidents — one involved a MBTA van and the other involved a commuter train. According to T officials, the first accident occurred around 6 a.m. when a 54-year-old man was hit and killed by a commuter rail train in Lynn near Friend Street.

Apparently, the train was on its way inbound when it struck the man. Officials claim the man was trespassing on the tracks at the time, and they say it is “unclear” why the man was on the tracks. The accident caused significant delays during the morning commute.

The second accident occurred around 9:30 a.m. where a motorcyclist collided with an MBTA RIDE van. In a statement, an MBTA spokesman said “a motorcyclist struck a RIDE van which was stopped at the corner of Park Lane and Walnut Avenue in Roxbury.” He reported that the motorcyclist died in the accident.

The bus was empty of passengers at the time of the collision and the van driver, who is employed by Veterans Transportation, was uninjured. At this point, it is unclear why the motorcycle collided into the parked van, but an investigation will surely take place.

People who are injured by vans, buses or trains operated by the MBTA have several ways means of asking for compensation. For example, they may be able to file insurance claims and seek compensation from the MBTA in a personal injury lawsuit under Massachusetts tort law.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that people who are injured by MBTA buses, trains and vans must meet certain notice requirements and other thresholds before undertaking a lawsuit against the MBTA. That’s why it’s important to talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer right away.

Source: Boston Herald, “Two killed in MBTA accidents today,” Colneth Smiley, Jr., Aug. 20, 2012