Worcester Bus Accident Attorney – MBTA & WRTA
Boston and Worcester are served by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), and the Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA), which oversee complex transportation systems utilizing every type of modern public transportation mode, including buses, subways, commuter trains, and ferries.
It’s important that if you have been injured while riding public transportation in the Boston and Worcester region that you immediately retain the services of a personal injury attorney to ensure that your rights are protected. You could be entitled to compensation to cover your healthcare costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, and any other monetary losses you may have suffered.
MBTA & WRTA Massachusetts Bus Statistics
In 2014, the MBTA set a record of 400 million individual riders in a single year, the most in decades! The WRTA is also seeing record high ridership.
Buses are an important part of the transportation mix in Massachusetts. The WRTA serves the City of Worcester and the surrounding 37 communities with buses alone. And the MBTA – with commuter trains and subways – states that buses account for 28% of public transportation ridership.
Although both systems have an excellent record of safety and professionalism, with so many riders each year, accidents leading to serious injuries and even death do occur. Sometimes this is the result of negligence on the part of the governing authority.
Bus Accident Statistics
Buses can pose unique dangers. They are large and ungainly, and for the most part they operate on busy city streets, which are narrow and hard to navigate in a large vehicle. They also have mechanisms to allow passengers to enter and disembark that other types of vehicles don’t have.
An information brief issued in 2012 by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) noted that there were more than 250 fatalities and over 20,000 injuries in accidents involving buses in 2009.
A separate study by the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute states that over 63,000 buses of all types are involved in accidents annually, and on average 325 of those accidents result in a fatality and 14,000 result in injuries.
Serious Accidents on Public Buses
The vast majority of bus drivers are highly professional, well-trained, and experienced, and are quite aware of the hazards of the vehicle they pilot. However, accidents leading to injury or even death happen frequently. These can include:
- Becoming caught in an automatically closing door and dragged down the street, or simply falling off of the steps while disembarking.
- Being run over while boarding or leaving the bus.
- Falling in the cabin of the bus due to slippery surfaces.
- Being involved in a motor vehicle collision while riding a public bus.
- Being a driver or a passenger in another vehicle that is involved in an accident or rollover with a public bus.
- Being exposed to a harmful substance.
- Not receiving proper medical care while a passenger on a bus.
Of course there are many other ways you could possibly be injured on a bus, but these are among the most common.
Claim The Compensation You Deserve If You’re Injured in a Bus Accident
If you’ve been injured on a MBTA or WRTA bus, it’s important that you speak with a local personal injury attorney. You may not think much of your injury at the time, but down the road it could develop serious complications. It’s essential that you act immediately to make sure that your rights are protected. Peter Ventura has extensive experience in this area of practice, and has helped his clients realize significant compensation in motor vehicle accident cases over the years, including:
- $3 million in a fatal Worcester County auto accident involving a minor
- $1 million in a case involving serious injuries to an elderly couple
- $500,000 in a wrongful death case involving a tractor-trailer
The bottom line is, if you’ve been injured while riding on a public bus, or any type of motor vehicle, you need to retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney. Contact Peter Ventura toll-free at 508-755-7535 for a free and always confidential consultation.