Massachusetts Bus Accident FAQs:
1. When can I sue for bus accident injuries?
In general, you can sue for bus accident injuries any time a defective part, negligent driving, or any another mistake on the part of the bus driver or bus operator is the cause of the accident. If you have been injured in a bus accident and someone else is to blame, we can help you determine if you are entitled to financial compensation for your losses.
2. Who can I sue for bus accident injuries?
Who you can sue depends on the cause of the accident. For example, in bus accidents where the bus driver was at fault, the driver and his or her employer may be liable for your injuries. On the other hand, if the accident was caused by a tire blowout or other product defect, you may be able to sue the manufacturer for your losses. If multiple factors contributed to the accident, you may have claims against multiple parties for your accident-related injuries.
Even if you were partially at fault, you may still be entitled to financial compensation.
3. What should I do if I was injured in an MBTA bus accident?
If you were injured while riding on a bus operated by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) – or if you were hit by an MBTA bus while driving, walking, or riding your bike – you should speak with an experienced bus accident lawyer right away. Since the MBTA is a government-operated entity, filing a claim for an MBTA bus accident is more involved than filing other types of personal injury claims. We can make sure that you do everything necessary to preserve your claim for just compensation.
4. Can I sue if my child was injured on a school bus?
Yes. If your child was injured on a school bus, you can seek compensation for your child’s medical expenses and other losses. Similar to MBTA accident claims, school bus accident claims require special knowledge and experience. Attorney Peter Ventura has decades of experience and can help you pursue your school bus accident claim.
5. Is there a time limit for filing a lawsuit for bus accident injuries?
Yes. In Massachusetts, the statute of limitations is three years from the date of the accident. After that, you may be barred from filing a claim for compensation. In cases involving MBTA buses and other municipal and public carriers, there may be an even shorter notice period for pursuing your claim. As a result, if you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident, we strongly encourage you to contact us right away.
6. Should I hire a lawyer to help with my bus accident claim?
Yes, without a doubt. The bus operators, government agencies, and insurance companies all have lawyers on their side who will be fighting to ensure that you receive as little compensation as possible for your injuries. You need someone who can look out for your best interests and help you level the playing field.
7. Do bus operators owe a duty to keep passengers safe?
Yes. As “common carriers” under Massachusetts law, bus operators owe a heightened duty of care to protect the safety of their passengers.
8. If I was assaulted on a bus, can I file a claim against the bus company?
Maybe. Bus operators are not necessarily responsible for all injuries occurring on their vehicles. However, if the driver or bus company failed to use reasonable care to keep you safe, you may be able to file a claim for compensation.
9. Can family members sue for fatal bus accidents in Massachusetts?
Yes. In Massachusetts, family members of fatal bus accident victims can seek financial compensation by filing a claim for wrongful death. Your rights in a wrongful death case will depend on your relationship with the victim. Our office regularly handles cases involving wrongful death, and we can help ensure that you receive just compensation for your tragic loss.
10. Does your office offer free legal consultations for victims of bus accidents?
Yes. Attorney Peter Ventura offers free legal consultations to bus accident victims throughout Massachusetts. Contact us to schedule your free consultation today.
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If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in a Massachusetts bus accident, attorney Peter Ventura can help you fight for just compensation. To get started with your free consultation, call 508-755-7535 or contact us online today.