If you live in or visit the New England region, you likely rely on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to get around. Driving around here is no fun for anyone, so the MBTA is vital, and the MBTA serves millions of passengers every year. And, unfortunately, with so many buses and cars on the roads, MBTA bus accidents happen, and they can frequently cause serious injuries.
What causes MBTA bus accidents?
MBTA bus accidents can be caused by various factors, the same as any other vehicle accident. This includes driver negligence, like distracted driving, speeding, etc. They can also be caused by mechanical failures, like defective tires, brakes, etc. It can also be caused by road hazards, weather conditions and, of course, the negligence of other drivers.
What are common injuries from MBTA bus accidents?
MBTA bus accidents can result in various types of injuries, the same as any other vehicle accident. These range from the relatively minor to severe and even deadly. These include whiplash, concussions, fractures, traumatic brain injuries, sprains and strains, lacerations and bruises, etc.
Some of these injuries are minor, but others, like traumatic brain injuries can have long-lasting effects that may even be hidden. They may require years-long or life-long treatments for pain and rehabilitation. And, you are entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, your loss of enjoyment of life, loss of income and reduced quality of life, among your many other potential damages.
What are my legal options?
If you are injured on an MBTA bus, you may have the right to file a personal injury claim against the responsible party. This could be the bus driver, the MBTA, bus manufacturer, bus maintenance company or another driver involved in the bus accident.
Sueing the MBTA and the bus driver
However, filing a claim against the MBTA is not the same as filing a claim against a private entity, like the bus manufacturer, or private person, like another driver. The MBTA is a public agency that enjoys certain immunities and protections under the law.
You must file a notice of claim with the MBTA within 2 years of the date of the accident. You must file a lawsuit within 3 years of the date of the accident. This is shorter than the standard statute of limitations for Massachusetts personal injury cases, which is 4 years. The MBTA’s liability for personal injury claims is also limited to $100,000 per person or $300,000 per incident.