The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, or as it is informally known as the MBTA, had yet another incident last week involving two MBTA trolleys colliding on the Mattapan line in the City’s Dorchester neighborhood. The crash has been determined to be operator error and resulted in 17 people injured. Unfortunately, we seem to regularly see these types of accidents and incidents with the MBTA.
The MBTA is a public corporation and a division of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and is one of the oldest public transit systems in the United States. Consisting of the subway system, buses, trolleys, commuter ferry and the RIDE, the MBTA is the largest transportation system in Massachusetts.
Many people ask whether they can bring a claim for injuries and/or sue the MBTA. The answer is YES. The MBTA, as a corporation established to serve the public, is liable in tort for its negligence. If you have been a victim of negligence by the MBTA, whether it be a trolley accident, slip and fall at a station, as a pedestrian or driver involved in a crash with an MBTA vehicle, you may be able to recoup your damages and receive compensation for the your pain and suffering.
Please be mindful however, that although the statute of limitation for personal injuries in Massachusetts is three years, any claim against the MBTA must comply with a two-year presentment requirement. Meaning that, you need to present your claim to the MBTA within TWO years of the date of your loss.
If you have been injured as a result of the negligence of the MBTA or any of its employees, it is important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible.