Most people that I know, if they were asked about how you could get injured by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA,) would not mention the word “bicycle.” But they’d be wrong. Last week. there was just such an accident – an MBTA-bicycle accident – in downtown Salem, Massachusetts. A Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) bus struck a man riding his bicycle and left him with serious injuries and trauma.
The injured man, Philip Moran, was crossing from Federal Street in Salem to Washington Street. He was struck by a Route 544 bus, whose right front end hit him. Making my point of just how serious such accidents can be, this man is now in critical condition at Massachusetts General Hospital. That should come as no surprise: In a bus-bicycle accident, you’ve got two tons of steel and glass slamming into an unprotected human body, riding something that weighs about two pounds.
As a Boston MBTA accident lawyer, I can tell you that accidents such as this one might have been caused by bad weather conditions or even operator, conductor and driver error, which can include cell phone usage, texting, and even operator intoxication.
Regardless of the exact reason for the accident, if you are suffering from an MBTA injury, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, in the form of medical bills, medical expenses, lost income and wages (resulting from the MBTA accident), and damage to your vehicle – in this case, a bicycle.
And remember – if you do ride a bike – you are required to obey motor vehicle traffic laws. In the meantime, ride safely.