In the wake of a bus shelter falling on waiting passengers on Macarthur Boulevard near Cathedral Avenue in Washington D.C., all metro bus shelters in the area are to undergo a safety inspection.
The accident happened earlier this month when a Metrobus ran into the shelter, shattering the structure that then fell on waiting passengers. One woman became trapped under the shelter’s metal roof and another woman was also injured. Both women were treated and released from a local hospital.
A Metro spokesperson says that one of the bus’s mirrors had hit the metal-framed shelter structure, causing the glass to shatter and the metal structure to fall.
A similar accident occurred in the exact spot last year where the shelter was then rebuilt. Local residents are concerned that the bus shelter was once again built too close to the road and have expressed worry that similar structures nearby were also built in unsafe locations.
The DDOT (District Department of Transportation), which maintains the shelters, and Metro have said they will investigate the accident together.
If you have been injured on public, private, or commercial property because of unsafe conditions, you may be able to file a personal injury claim and recover compensation for your pain and suffering.
Premises liability consists of claims arising from unsafe buildings, slip and fall accidents, falling objects, or any other unsafe conditions on a premise that leads to someone being injured.
If You Have Been Injured On Unsafe Premises
There are many factors and issues that can arise during a premise liability case, and a good personal injury attorney will know what questions to ask and how much damages can be claimed for your injury. An experienced personal injury lawyer will also know who can be held liable for your accident, especially if the property where you were injured is a public or commercial property—there may be more than one party that can be held responsible for your injury accident.
Bus accidents where the driver may be held liable for your injuries tend to be more complicated than car accident claims because so there are special rules and regulations governing bus drivers and their responsibility to keep the roads, passengers, and pedestrians safe. A personal injury lawyer who is familiar with these rules and regulations can skillfully handle the complexities of your bus injury claim for you.
At Lebowitz and Mzhen, we have successfully represented clients injured in the Washington D.C. area and throughout Maryland in bus accidents, slip and fall accidents, and other kinds of personal injury claims and lawsuits resulting from another party’s negligence.
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