Millions of Massachusetts residents rely on public transportation as a primary means of transportation. Tragically, accidents can and do happen. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1,392 people were killed and more than 75,000 people were injured in bus accidents between 2004 and 2008 in Massachusetts. Accidents are caused by a number of factors, including driver fatigue, poor weather conditions, or defective machinery. No matter the cause, the injuries can be devastating. That is why it is so important to speak with an experienced Boston bus accident attorney as soon as possible after an accident.
On March 31, 2008, 51-year-old Michael Gilmore was waiting at a red light at the intersection of Haines Place and State Route 20 in Jefferson County, Washington. Suddenly, while the light was still red, a Jefferson Transit bus rear-ended him. Gilmore owns a plumbing company with his brother, and was in the company van at the time of the accident. The accident caused him to suffer neck injuries, and has since kept him from working even seven years later. Presently, he is recovering from a neck fusion surgery. If this surgery is a success, he may be able to return to work.
Following the accident, Gilmore filed a lawsuit against the Jefferson Transit Authority seeking money damages. After a six-day trial, the jury awarded Gilmore $1.2 million. The Transit Authority motioned for a new trial, or alternatively, a reduction in the jury award. Both motions were denied. According to PT Leader news, the Transit Authority has plans to appeal the verdict.
Have you or a loved one been injured in a bus accident? If so, please call 617-787-3700 today for your free and confidential consultation with one of our expert Boston, Massachusetts bus accident injury attorneys.