On December 13, 2015 I was involved in an accident while driving my motorcycle. An MBTA bus took a left hand turn and cut me off. Unfortunately I was unable to stop or get around the bus and slammed into the side of the bus at the rear end. As I lay in the middle of Dorchester Avenue I watched the bus just drive away. Meantime I am looking down at my right foot up around my right hip with my toes pointing towards me. This was a pretty horrific site to see. Fortunately for me there was a vehicle behind me and a vehicle behind the bus that witnessed the whole thing. Within a few minutes an ambulance arrives and they are forced to straighten my leg out to get me on the stretcher. I can't begin to explain the pain I was in. This whole time the MBTA Bus Driver left the scene of the accident like nothing ever happened. After being rushed to hospital I was taken in for surgery in an attempt to save my leg. I spent the first month after the accident in the hospital. I had two additional surgeries on my leg that first month. In total I ended up having 5 surgeries on my leg. I am very lucky to still have it. Thanks to the Orthopedic Doctors at the Boston Medical Center who did a tremendous job to save my leg.
In addition to the severe injury to my leg I also suffered from a broken left wrist and fractured collarbone. For the next two years I worked my tail off to get to back on my feet today. And I still have work to do moving forward, including more potential surgeries on my leg. As a result of the accident I was forced to hire an attorney to represent me against this egregious act by the MBTA bus driver. The MBTA Police investigated the accident and subsequently charged the drive with 5 motor vehicle infractions. The driver was convicted of 4 of the 5 charges in court. She ultimately was terminated from her job. The courts refused to convict her of leaving the scene of an accident charge. We were told by the people at the court that the judge did not want to hang a felony charge on this lady due to the fact that she was a single Mother with a clean record. That does not change the fact that the investigation is clear that she left the scene of the accident. She never STOPPED! She just drove away leaving me in the middle of Dorchester Avenue! The MBTA has video of this accident which shows what happened that day.
In May 2017 my lawyer and I attended a mediation hearing with the MBTA's attorneys in an attempt to reach a settlement. While the MBTA accepted full responsibility and liability for the accident we could not reach a deal that day. For the next several months my attorney continued to try and reach a settlement with the MBTA. Finally in late December 2017 my layer informed me that we had reached an agreement to settle my case. I just had to wait for a final approval from MBTA management. I was told that this was suppossedly just a formality at his point. In late January 2018 I was informed by my attorney that the MBTA have suddenly refused to accept this agreement that their lawyers presented to us. Needless to say this blew my mind. How could we have an agreement with the MBTA attorneys only to have the MBTA higher ups refuse to acknowledge this agreement. The MBTA caused this accident, the MBTA admitted their culpability in this accident, the MBTA agreed to settle this case. Then they renege on it after agreeing to settle. At this point I guess we will be seeing them in court. Meanwhile my family and I continue to pay the cost for the MBTA's mistakes and poor decisions.