A man was injured and his dog was killed in a Boston bus accident involving a Boston Public Schools bus carrying Concord-Carlisle High School students. According to a CBS Boston news report, the bus accident occurred on Dartmouth Street near Columbus Avenue. Officials say the man was walking his dog in Boston’s South End near the intersection in the crosswalk when the bus struck him. The dog was killed and the man was transported to Tufts Medical Center with unknown injuries. None of the 21 high school students on the bus were hurt.
Officials believe the pedestrian injured was in a crosswalk at the time of the crash. Under Massachusetts Section 11: “When traffic control signals are not in place or not in operation the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right of way, slowing down or stopping if need be so to yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk.” Therefore, as long as the pedestrian was not crossing on a red light, the bus driver was required by law to yield the right-of-way.
It is common in pedestrian accidents for the victim to suffer serious injuries such as bone fractures, traumatic brain injuries, lacerations, sprains, strains, neck injuries, organ damage, and spinal cord injuries. These types of injuries often require expensive medical treatments, hospitalization, rehabilitation, and time away from work. The costs can add up very quickly.
If you have been hurt in a Boston pedestrian accident, make sure you notify the authorities right away. Stay abreast of the ongoing investigation and keep records of your medical bills, lost wages, and other related damages. When you are ready to pursue compensation for your losses, you can file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
Getting fair compensation from an insurance company, however, can prove difficult. It is common for injured victims of Boston car accident to have their claims denied. This is especially true in cases involving common carriers such as buses, trains, and taxis. In such cases, injured pedestrians would be well advised to contact an experienced Boston personal injury lawyer who will fight to protect their rights and help them secure fair compensation for their losses.