Eight people were injured in a collision between a MBTA bus and car in Milton. Albert Hale, 72, allegedly made a sharp left turn in front of the MBTA bus causing the accident, reports The Milford Daily News. The MBTA bus driver broke quickly to avoid a major collision with Hale, though the bus still struck Hale’s car.
According to the Daily News, seven bus passengers were taken to area hospitals for neck, back, shoulder, and head injuries. Albert Hale was also hospitalized with a neck injury. Adding insult to injury, Hale will also be cited for failing to yield when turning.
While Hale was cited as the cause of the accident, the bus accident in Milton is just the latest in an alarming trend of bus accidents leading to injury and death.
Recently, a tour bus struck another vehicle in Chicago injuring 20. In Virginia, a bus going from North Carolina to New York rolled over and killed four passengers. In March, two separate bus accidents claimed the lives of 17 people.
Generally, those injured in an accident can bring a personal injury lawsuit against the person at fault for the accident. This is usually the person whose negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct caused the accident. In Milton, the MBTA is already pointing its finger at Hale as the cause of the accident.
However, Hale may not be the only party responsible for the accident. Buses are common carriers and are held to a higher duty of care to protect their passengers. So the MBTA could also be liable for the accident if facts show that it failed to act with the utmost care, skill, and diligence.
So far, no facts have been reported to suggest that the MBTA was at fault. However, fault for an accident is rarely cut-and-dried, and those injured should be aware that more than one party may be liable.