An MBTA driver and seven passengers were injured yesterday when their bus crashed through a guardrail over the Massachusetts Turnpike in Newton.
Authorities say the bus crashed through the guardrail of an overpass on Washington Street at Newton Corner and could be seen from exit 17. Emergency responders at the scene said that there was no threat of the bus ever falling down onto the state highway.
Passengers as well as the bus driver were treated at the scene, and some were taken to area hospitals for further evaluation. State Police and MBTA officials are investigating the crash.
This is the second MBTA bus accident in less than a week. Last Tuesday, several passengers were injured when the bus they were traveling on veered off of the road and crashed into a utility pole in Randolph, according to WCVB.
Joe Pesaturo, a spokesperson for the MBTA said that the #240 bus, which was traveling on Route 28, did in fact strike a utility pole and that several passengers were injured in the accident. Passengers of the crash suffered minor injures-some of which reported experiencing neck and back pain.
MBTA Accidents and What You Need to Know
Whether you utilize public transportation regularly or sporadically, be it the local bus, commuter rail or subway, there is always a potential risk of injury. Not only do MBTA accidents occur en route, but persons may also be injured on MBTA premises. Locations can include (but are not limited to) bus or train stations, on station platforms, on stairways or stairwells, in elevators and egresses.
When a person is injured in an accident that he or she did not cause, especially while taking public transportation, immediate thoughts of who is liable arise. People may wonder who is responsible for paying:
– Medical bills associated with the injury – Lost wages (if the injury prevents him/her from returning to work)
– Property damage – Long term care and disability
– Pain and suffering – Other costs related to the injury
It is most advised for people who are injured in MBTA accidents to discuss their legal options with an experienced law professional. At the law offices of Altman & Altman, our team of seasoned attorneys has nearly 50 years of experience specializing in and handling all types of personal injury cases, including car, bus, and MBTA accidents. Our team of dynamic experts has the resources and knowledge to guide clients through this confusing and difficult time, and we realize the emotional and physical strain sustaining an injury can be on a victim and his or her family.
Not only do we have the resources to help our clients achieve the compensation they deserve for their injuries, but we can also assist our clients in accessing the best healthcare professionals in the Commonwealth. If you have recently been involved in an MBTA accident and were injured, call our office today to schedule a case evaluation with one of our esteemed attorneys to determine whether you may qualify for compensation for your injuries. Our attorneys are available around the clock to answer any questions you may have about your case and all initial consultations are completely free of charge.
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