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Whether you’re riding a bus, train, or the T in the Boston area, all Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) vehicles are held to high safety standards. If you’re injured due to unsafe circumstances, careless operation, or negligently maintained transit conditions, you have legal rights.
Jason Stone Injury Lawyers has brought many claims against the MBTA on behalf of victims injured on buses, trains, and MBTA property. In fact, our Boston MBTA accident lawyers have a reputation for pushing cases to resolution quickly. We won’t let your case get held up in government bureaucracy.
Types of MBTA Injury Claims We Handle
At Jason Stone Injury Lawyers, we have experience handling a variety of MBTA claims, including:
- MBTA bus accidents
- Subway accidents (T accidents)
- Commuter rail injuries
- Slip and fall injuries on MBTA vehicles or property
- Injuries caused by unsafe conditions on MBTA vehicles or property
Don’t delay getting help if you’ve been injured due to the MBTA’s negligence. Our legal team is available 24/7 to help protect your legal rights and ensure you receive compensation for everything your going through to address your injuries. And with our Stone Cold Guarantee®, you won’t owe us anything unless you win or settle your claim.
MBTA Bus Accidents and Your Legal Rights
MBTA collisions are complex, and there are specific laws related to MBTA accidents that may impact your claim. It’s important you know that:
- Under the Massachusetts Torts Claims Act, if you are injured in a MBTA accident, you must notify the MBTA within two years, or you may lose your rights to compensation.
The MBTA is exempt from the Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Statute. This means the MBTA will not pay medical bills for passengers on its buses, which differs from vehicles covered by most Massachusetts Standard Automobile policies.
There are many outstanding claims against the MBTA. Often, the MBTA doesn’t have enough money in its budget to cover settlements year-round, meaning victims must wait until the MBTA is funded to receive settlements.
These are only a few of the things you should know about the MBTA. Don’t let your claim get lost in the shuffle. If you’re involved in an MBTA accident, make sure to provide your name and contact information to the driver and get the driver’s information as well. The driver will submit an incident report to the MBTA, which the organization often consults when resolving cases.
MBTA Bus Accident FAQ
- Does the MBTA pay bus and subway accident claims?
Yes. You have legal rights to compensation if you’ve been injured in an MBTA bus accident. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is a common carrier, meaning they can be held accountable when a driver’s negligence, carelessness, or recklessness injures passengers or other motorists like you. Although you have the right to collect money for MBTA bus accident injuries, budget constraints can cause settlement money to be delayed until the MBTA receives funding from the state government. At Jason Stone Injury Lawyers, we’ll do everything we can to get you compensation as fast as possible. Our MBTA accident attorneys have years of experience fighting for the rights of bus and subway accident victims, and we want to help you, too. Fill out our free online form or give us a call anytime at (800) 577-5188.
- What are common injuries caused by MBTA bus and subway accidents?
Types of injuries that often result from MBTA bus and subway accidents include:
- Back injuries
- Broken bones
- Muscle and tendon tears
- Neck injuries
- Open or closed head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries
- Severe muscle sprains or strains
If you’ve been injured in a bus or subway accident, seek medical treatment immediately. Taking this step can help prevent your injuries from worsening, and the medical records from your doctor’s visit can serve as valuable evidence of your injuries when you file an injury claim.
- How do I notify the MBTA of a bus or subway accident claim?
You must provide written notice of your bus accident claim to the MBTA general manager, via certified mail, return receipt requested, within two years of the date of your accident. Failure to provide notice can jeopardize your legal rights to compensation for your injuries. At Jason Stone Injury Lawyers, we can help you prepare, send, and retain evidence of your notice of claim after a bus accident.
- How do I file an incident report against the MBTA?
Incident reports can help your attorney prove where, when, and how your accident happened. In some cases, local police may file a bus accident report at the scene of the crash. The MBTA also prepares an incident report. If you’re in a bus or subway accident, provide your name and contact information to the driver and police at the scene. If possible, try to get your driver’s contact information as well.
- Is the MBTA exempt from personal injury protection (PIP) in Massachusetts?
Yes. The MBTA is exempt from providing PIP—or coverage for accident-related medical expenses—to bus accident victims. The MBTA is self-insured, which means it’s not required to comply with state laws requiring compulsory PIP coverage. However, you may be entitled to PIP through:
- your own auto insurance policy,
- auto insurance policies held by members of your household,
- or the Massachusetts Assigned Claims Plan.
Our bus and subway accident lawyers can investigate your claim and help you get the compensation you need to cover the costs and effects of your injuries.
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When you’ve been injured in an MBTA accident, having an MBTA accident attorney on your side could mean the difference between winning or losing your claim.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident involving the MBTA, call Jason Stone Injury Lawyers. We want you to get better while we work on getting you paid. Dial (800) 577-5188 or complete our free online form to get help now. We also offer free consultations via Skype, FaceTime, and Google Hangout, making it easier than ever for you to get the help you need.