A recent MBTA bus accident in Boston landed eight people in the hospital, according to My Fox Boston. The accident happened shortly before noon at Morton Street on Route 21, sending two bus riders and two passenger-car occupants to the hospital. It all happened when an MBTA bus rear-ended a rental car, damaging both vehicles.
Twenty-five riders were on the bus at the time of the accident. Six of them were taken to local hospitals and were treated for injuries after the collision. Two men who were in the rental car were also taken to local hospitals and treated for back and neck injuries. Accident reports indicate that the driver of the rental car was cited by Transit Police for making an illegal turn.
Our Boston bus accident attorneys understand that some accidents are just that, accidents. But in some of the most dangerous scenarios, these accidents are caused by other drivers. Some of the most common factors that can cause serious MBTA bus, train and rail accidents include dangerous roadway conditions, irresponsible driving habits, poor weather conditions, driver negligence, defective equipment and even blocked or dangerous bus stops. Regardless, it's important for bus drivers to be properly trained to handle these dangers. Equally important is that nearby drivers travel with extra cautious around these large vehicles and pay extra close attention to our city's busy surroundings.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are about 12,000 people who were injured in busing accidents in 2007. To make matters even worse, experts predict that nearly 40 people die in these kinds of accidents every year.
How these busing-related injuries break down:
-12,000 injuries a year.
-About 1,000 injuries a month.
-More than 230 injuries a month.
-Nearly 35 injuries a day.
With gas prices slowly rising and travel getting more costly, we can only expect more riders on MBTA systems. It's a quick and convenient way for residents and visitors who are looking to save a little bit of cash as well as a way to help the environment. It's an easy way for all of us to navigate the city of Boston and beyond.
According to the MBTA's website, the number of busing accidents within the MBTA system has declined in both 2008 and 2009 (calculating by the number of preventable accidents per number of miles traveled). In 2009, the MBTA averaged roughly 1.5 accidents for every 100,000 miles traveled. These recent statistics illustrate a rough 25 percent decrease from 2007.
While we may have seen a reduction in these kinds of accidents in recent years, the very real truth is that risks are still extremely high and accidents are likely. Be cautious when using public transportation just as you would on any other mode of transportation.
If you, a friend or a family member has been injured in a Boston bus, train, subway or taxi cab accident, contact Boston Injury Lawyer Jeffrey S. Glassman to schedule a free and confidential appointment to discuss your case. Call 877-617-5333.
More Blog Entries:
Boston Accidents May Increase with Uptick in MBTA Ridership, Boston Personal Injury Attorney Blog, March 1, 2012
Seven Passengers in Hospital after Massachusetts Bus Accident, Boston Personal Injury Attorney Blog, July 18, 2011