Bus Accident Lawyers in Boston

Bus Accident Attorney in Boston

Experienced injury attorneys handling claims against MBTA, Greyhound, and other bus companies in MA

Breakstone, White & Gluck, P.C. has over 100 years of combined experience representing victims of bus accidents in Boston, Cambridge, and across Massachusetts. You don’t have to go through this alone. With our firm, it’s worry-free representation from the moment you hire us. You focus on healing; leave the rest to us.

If you have been involved in a bus accident, our attorneys have the skills, expertise, and resources to handle your case. We’ll guide you through each phase of the process to protect your rights to full compensation for your medical bills, lost income, physical pain, emotional suffering, scarring and disfigurement, and all other damages for which you are eligible.

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$7,100,000

Bus Accident

Bus Runs Over Pedestrian

$2,200,000

Automobile Accident

Rear End Collision

$2,150,000

Pedestrian Accident

Absence of Pedestrian Bollards at Strip Mall Results in Sidewalk Car Strike and Death

He was amazing. He was responsive, supportive, thorough, and gave great advice throughout the whole stressful ordeal. They are the best!
~ Anna Olds

What should I do after a bus accident?

First, seek appropriate medical treatment. Then, contact our experienced Massachusetts bus accident attorneys who understand how to preserve your rights. All accident cases are governed by the statute of limitations (generally three years). However, when municipal carriers are involved, there is likely a shorter period for the required statutory notice. The best course of action is to contact us immediately.

In bus accident cases, it is important to preserve evidence while it is still fresh and to stay informed about what evidence has been gathered by local, state, and federal authorities. An experienced bus accident lawyer will promptly contact officials and launch his or her own investigation.

Victims, through their lawyers, do need to notify the bus carrier of the accident. We’ll explain the time limits that apply. Generally, the time limit for public entities is fairly short.

Victims should also contact the local police. Normally, the police should be called to the scene of the bus accident. You will need to notify your own insurance company if you were in a vehicle other than the bus at the time of the accident. You should never discuss how the accident happened with anyone other than your lawyer.

What are the issues involved with school bus accidents?

Many bus accidents involve school buses. Our Boston bus accident lawyers represent school children and their parents. Some of the unique issues involved with school bus accidents are:

  • The local school district may be liable for the accident.
  • Children will normally have more difficulty than adults in stating how the accident happened.
  • The medical care children need is different than for adults due to their physical and mental development. For example, doctors who specialize in treating children should be consulted to help children obtain the care they need and how their growth issues may affect their recovery.

What types of damages can I claim for my injuries?

In personal injury cases, we typically seek compensation for all your current and future:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical expenses
  • Lost income including lost benefits
  • Property damage
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Loss of bodily function
  • Loss of consortium

In wrongful death cases, family members may be entitled to payment for funeral and burial costs, loss of income, loss of companionship, loss of support, and punitive damages. Although the loss of future earnings may be significant, a significant aspect of any wrongful death case is the loss of the emotional attachment the loved one provided.

Who pays my bills after a Boston bus accident?

In addition to the driver; bus and motor coach companies, maintenance companies, design and engineering firms, manufacturers, and others may be liable for your injuries or the death of a loved one. Bus companies typically have insurance policies that are capable of compensating bus accident victims. Government entities may be liable for some injured passengers, such as schoolchildren. The drivers of other vehicles may also be liable.  Liability for your medical bills may rest with your health insurance company even if the injuries were caused by a negligent bus driver or company.

How can a Boston bus accident attorney from Breakstone, White & Gluck help?

The Massachusetts bus accident lawyers at Breakstone, White & Gluck of Boston are experienced in successfully representing bus accident victims. We secured a multi-million dollar award for a woman who was run over by an MBTA bus and lost her leg; we also successfully represented a man who was hit by an MBTA bus. Our bus accident law firm has tried bus cases against the MBTA and won at trial and appeal. We understand the federal and state regulations that govern bus safety.

Taking on the tough cases for our clients

At Breakstone, White & Gluck, we’re honored to take on catastrophic injury claims on behalf of our clients. These cases are among the hardest there are and we’re up for the challenge. Contact us today to find out how we can help you and your family with the following:

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Who are some of the major bus companies in the Boston region?

Some of the major municipal and other public carriers in Massachusetts include:

  • Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority - MBTA
  • Brockton Area Transportation Authority - BAT
  • Southeastern Regional Transportation Authority - SRTA
  • Pioneer Valley Transportation Authority - PVTA
  • Worcester Regional Transit Authority - WRTA
  • Lowell Regional Transit Authority - LRTA
  • Merrimack Regional Transportation Authority - MVRTA
  • Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority – CCRTA

There are numerous private and charter bus companies in the Boston region and more that bring people into Boston from the rest of the country.

Did You Know?

According to data compiled by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association, there were almost 40,000 bus crashes in 2020.

 

What types of bus accident cases do you handle?

We handle all types of bus accident claims against private and public bus companies including:

  • MBTA buses
  • Greyhound and similar private bus companies
  • Private charter buses
  • School buses

Our Boston bus accident lawyers handle:

What are the common causes of bus accidents in Boston?

Our Boston bus accident lawyers work with investigators, conduct extensive discovery of everyone involved in the accident, and consult with experts such as traffic reconstruction experts to determine what events cause bus accidents and who is responsible. Bus accidents often cause catastrophic injuries and deaths. Common causes of bus accidents include:

  • Bus company negligence. Bus companies have a duty to ensure drivers are properly trained and know how to properly handle their vehicles. In addition, they have a responsibility to make sure their drivers are properly rested and are not fatigued from excessive hours on the road. Bus companies also have an obligation to properly maintain vehicles and keep maintenance logs. Generally, bus companies are liable for the negligence of their employees.
  • Driver negligence. Drivers have a responsibility to keep their attention on the road and follow safety guidelines, even if they get behind schedule. Cell phone use is banned by bus drivers in Massachusetts. The MBTA also bans all cell phone use by its drivers. This includes talking on cell phones, texting while driving, and e-mailing. The failure of bus companies and individual drivers to carry out these responsibilities is negligence on behalf of the bus company. Drivers should never drive while distracted, intoxicated, or fatigued. They must follow the state traffic laws.
  • Poor driving conditions. Poor driving conditions could also be why an accident happens. Rain-soaked or damaged roads are difficult to navigate for regular vehicles. They are even more treacherous for buses. Drivers must know how to handle those kinds of roads. If they lack that bit of knowledge, they should not be behind the wheel of a bus. Drivers should also know how to drive during rush hours and when the traffic is heavy.
  • Defective bus parts. Defective brakes, electrical systems, fuel lines, and other parts of the bus can cause a serious accident. The manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of these defective parts may be strictly liable for any bus accidents that happen.

We file Boston bus accident claims for all types of negligence, warranty breaches, and strict liability claims.

What types of injuries do bus accident victims suffer?

When bus accidents happen, many people are likely to be injured. The types of injuries may vary depending on whether the bus was moving or the bus was picking up or discharging passengers. Bus accident injuries may include spinal cord damage, traumatic brain injuries and head trauma, spinal cord injuries and paralysis, burn injuries, traumatic amputation, fractures, internal injuries, nerve damage, back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, soft tissue injuries, and many other types of physical and emotional trauma.

Do you have a Boston bus accident lawyer near me?

Our Boston bus accident attorneys meet clients and families at our Boston office located at 2 Center Plaza #530. We make arrangements to meet seriously injured or ill clients at their homes and healthcare facilities when necessary. We also conduct video conferences.

Our lawyers understand the unique challenges involved in Boston bus accident cases. We’ll fight for the recovery you deserve.

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Talk to our Boston bus accident lawyers today

The Boston bus accident attorneys at Breakstone, White & Gluck are respected by former clients, insurance companies, and the legal community for our dedication to our clients, our advocacy, and our record of impressive results. If you have been injured in a bus accident in MA, please call us today or complete our contact form for a free consultation. We handle personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis.

He was amazing. He was responsive, supportive, thorough, and gave great advice throughout the whole stressful ordeal. They are the best!
~ Anna Olds