WWII Veteran Struck, Killed by Bus

On April 7, 2013, a world war II veteran and prisoner of war was struck and killed by a MBTA bus. The accident occurred while the man was crossing the street in Melrose, Massachusetts at night. The man was 88 years old and was headed to his weekly VFW meeting just before the incident.

The accident occurred at the intersection of Franklin Street and Pratt Street. The Middlesex District Attorney’s office is still investigating what the cause of the accident was. Speculation is that the sun may have blinded the driver causing him to strike the man.

The accident occurred around 7 PM and the bus driver was moving at a speed of 20 miles per hour. Consequently, the driver is not allowed to operate a bus until the investigation is over.   

Fatal Bus Accident Causes

Today, there are numerous bus accidents injuring pedestrians, passengers, and even the driver. Bus accidents can occur for various reasons. Often times, these fatal bus accidents are a result of human error. In the story told above, the accident may have been caused the driver being blinded by the sun.
Other bus accidents are a result of:
  •          The bus driver operating the vehicle at speeds too fast for current conditions due to weather and slick roads
  •          The bus driver operating the vehicle while fatigued and drowsy
  •          The bus driver becoming distracted by technology
  •          The bus driver operating the vehicle while impaired by alcohol, drugs, or prescription medication
  •          The bus driver simply making a poor judgment call and causing an accident as a result

Seeking Legal Retribution

Bus drivers are trained and legally responsible to drive in a manner that protects their passengers and does not harm nearby pedestrians. If you or someone you know was recently injured by a bus driver, you should contact a personal injury attorney immediately. A personal injury attorney may be able to win you monetary compensation against the driver or the associated bus company for your injuries. Contact us today in order to seek legal retribution for your pain and suffering.