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Massachusetts and Federal Law with Respect to Bus Accidents

Because Massachusetts buses offer transportation services to people as part of a business, the law with respect to Massachusetts bus accidents falls under common carrier law. A common carrier is an individual or business entity which transports people or goods in exchange for a fee. Common carriers are also licensed by the government to offer their transportation services to the general public. Common carriers can be both public companies and private entities. Common carriers are regulated on the local, state and federal levels. The Federal government regulates common carriers responsible for transportation between more than one state, while state and local governments regulate common carrier transport within state lines.

Other modes of transportation that are considered common carriers include school buses, trains, trolleys, taxis, airplanes, cruise ships and ferries.

Massachusetts law holds common carriers legally responsible to use a heightened degree of care to the public because they collect a fee for their services. A Massachusetts common carrier must exercise the highest standards of care and vigilance while transporting Massachusetts passengers or cargo. This is a different standard from that of the non-commercial drivers, who must operate their vehicles using only reasonable care. A Massachusetts common carrier’s failure to adhere to this duty can be considered negligence. In Massachusetts, if an injury or wrongful death occurs because a Massachusetts bus company failed to follow federal or state safety laws, a Massachusetts court may find that the violation of such laws is evidence of negligence, and find the company absolutely liable for any injuries sustained.

If a Massachusetts court finds that a Massachusetts bus accident is due to the negligence of the common carrier, such as speeding, driver fatigue or inadequate maintenance, the Massachusetts common carrier may be held liable for monetary damages under Massachusetts personal injury law or Massachusetts wrongful death law. If the Massachusetts bus accident resulted in injuries or wrongful death, passengers and their family members may be eligible for financial compensation for their medical expenses, rehabilitation expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.

Massachusetts bus accident claims are governed by a Statute of Limitations, which restricts the time you have to file a Massachusetts claim for your Massachusetts bus accident injuries. Please call our Boston bus accident lawyers or Boston, Massachusetts wrongful death accident attorneys today at (617) 787-3700 or email us at info@gilhoylaw.com to arrange for a free and confidential initial consultation regarding your Massachusetts bus accident.

If You or Someone You Love Has Been Injured in a Bus Accident, the Boston, MA Bus Accident Lawyer Experts at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates Are Here To Help. Call Our Massachusetts Bus Accident Personal Injury Attorney Specialists Today at 617-787-3700 or Email Us at info@gilhoylaw.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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