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Nevertheless, accidents do happen, and sometimes they involve vehicles that transport us for a free. One recent collision involved a Brockton Area Transit bus and a car. The collision took place on a recent Friday evening a bit before 6:30 p.m. While specific details of the crash were not initially disclosed, it is known that a passenger on the BAT bus was transported to the hospital for medical care. The specific nature of the passenger’s injuries was not detailed.

The car driver that collided with the bus was also injured. That driver informed authorities she intended to drive to a medical facility on her own for medical care. She complained of lower back pain. Nevertheless, on the day following the collision, authorities sited the driver with unspecified charges resulting from the crash.

A motor vehicle accident is frightening under any circumstances. A victim injured while riding on public transportation often has little or no time to react to a crash and may, as a result, suffer serious injury. Massachusetts personal injury laws provide for the right of those injured in an accident caused by the negligence of others to sue for recovery of damages sustained. If negligence is established in a civil lawsuit the injured passenger may be entitled to reimbursement for medical expenses, lost time from work and other damages permissible under our states’ personal injury laws.

Source: enterprisenews.com, “Infiniti driver cited after BAT bus crash,” Carla Gualdron, Jan. 5, 2012

In the immediate aftermath of a pedestrian accident, it is not always clear exactly what happened. The potential for serious injury or even death is obviously substantial when a larger enclosed vehicle collides with a pedestrian on Massachusetts roadways. Initial reports of a pedestrian versus car accident in Malden in early January provided scant details of the tragedy.

This much is known. A car struck two pedestrians near a gas station on Broadway in Malden. A photo of the accident scene shows a damaged SUV and police tape cordoning off an area of the roadway. The front of the vehicle shows significant damage, and debris is strewn about the road in front of it.

In all, three ambulances were reportedly called to the scene, and both pedestrians were said to have been transported to the hospital. One victim’s injuries were described as serious enough to warrant a trauma alert and admission to Massachusetts General Hospital. Though each pedestrian was reportedly seriously injured, no further details were provided. The car driver was described as unhurt but apparently distraught over the incident. It was not immediately clear if an arrest was made or if criminal charges are contemplated.