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Boston bus crash injures dozens, authorities look for answers

Investigators are continuing to try to determine how a recent Massachusetts bus accident occurred. The auto accident injured dozens of passengers. The bus was carrying school students and their chaperones.

State police are trying to determine how the bus driver failed to heed the warning of multiple signs and slammed into an overpass. Several different signs warned the driver as he approached the overpass that the clearance was only 10 feet and only for cars. The driver has not been cited in the car crash but results of the accident investigation will determine if he will be charged.

There are many types of damages that may be available to victims of an auto accident, depending on the types of injuries that have been suffered. Many serious injuries can result from car accidents, including brain injuries. Compensation for medical expenses may be available to car collision victims, including physical and cognitive therapy for a brain injury. A negligent driver or the negligent driver's insurance company may face liability for damages.

In additional to medical expenses that arose from the auto accident and medical expenses if ongoing future care will be needed, pain and suffering damages may also be available to auto accident victims. This type of compensation is available for mental or physical distress that results from the injuries suffered in the car accident. Pain and suffering compensation will be determined based on the nature of the injury, the severity of the pain suffered and the prognosis for future pain related to the injury. Sometimes pain and suffering damages can include mental or emotional pain such as anxiety or stress that result from the accident injuries. The nature and availability of pain and suffering damages varies by state.

Auto accident victims may find themselves facing painful physical and emotional recoveries following their injuries. Compensation for both physical and emotional damages may be available as a result.

Source: CBS Philly, "Investigation Continues In Boston Bus Crash," Jenn Bernstein, February 4, 2013.

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