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What to Do If You’re in an Accident with MBTA*

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is the public agency that operates most public transportation services in the greater Boston area. MBTA was founded in 1897 offering light rail services that were followed by heavy rail in 1901.

The full MBTA came into existence in 1964. The T, as it is called, includes 177 bus lines, 5 BRT lines, 5 light rail lines, 3 heavy rail lines, 13 commuter rail lines, and 4 trolley bus lines. The transportation services include bus rapid transit, bus, ferryboat, light rail, regional rail, heavy rail, and trolleybus.

On the average weekday, ridership is 1,277,200 people. If you have suffered injuries in an accident involving MBTA, you might be able to recoup compensation for your damages by filing a personal injury claim against MBTA.

What Kinds of Damages Might Result From an Accident with MBTA

Life-altering injuries could result from an accident involving MBTA. You could suffer a variety of economic and non-economic damages as well.

Always report any accident and make sure an accident report is completed. Seek medical care as soon as possible after the accident. Failing to establish medical care could reflect negatively on your personal injury claim.

Maintain documentation to support your claim, such as medical bills, medical records, proof of missed work and lost wages, and any written repair estimates.

Here are some common damages suffered in such accidents:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Past and future lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Property damages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Permanent scarring and disfigurement
  • Loss of consortium
  • Long-term or permanent disabilities

What to Do If You’re in an Accident with MBTA

Pursuing a Personal Injury Claim Against MBTA

MBTA is a government entity. Pursuing a claim against a government entity is not the same as pursuing a personal injury claim against an individual.

You are required to file a Notice of Claim against the government entity. Failure to do this could invalidate your claim and keep you from recovering damages.

The notice must include the names and contacts details of all involved parties, a detailed description of the accident, extent of the damages and injuries, and the amount sought for damages.

In some situations, the notice must be filed within 30 days of the accident, but other claims have a two-year timeframe for filing. If the claim is denied, or if MBTA fails to respond, you can then file a lawsuit.

Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney

Filing a claim against a government entity is challenging. It is not the same as pursuing a claim against an individual.

Because they are much more complicated and entail additional work, you should consult with a personal injury attorney. You have nothing to lose because personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis.

Complete the Free Case Evaluation Form on this page to have your MBTA accident injury claim reviewed by an attorney who is licensed to practice in Massachusetts. Don’t wait until it is too late to recoup your damages.

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*Disclaimer: The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against the MBTA or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.

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