For many residents and regular commuters to Washington, D.C., public transportation is integral to getting to and from work, school, or across the city in general. Commuters, however, have a reasonable expectation of safety when they are on city trains or buses. When public transit unexpectedly fails and injuries occur, those who are responsible can be held accountable.
According to a recent local news report, a Metro train derailed on the Blue Line near the Arlington Cemetery station. Metro officials reported that the train, a 7000-series train that is one of Metro’s latest models, partially moved off the tracks. At the time of the incident, there were 300 to 400 people on the train and one person was transported to the hospital as a precaution after issues related to anxiety. Following the incident, the National Transportation Safety Board announced that it would send railroad accident investigators to look into what caused the incident. Service remains suspended between certain stations because of the ongoing investigation.
The Metrorail, which is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), is the second busiest public transit system in the nation, with more than one million riders on the average weekday.
Unfortunately, train and public transit-related incidents take place across the country and outside of Washington, D.C. With an average of 9.9 billion trips taken on public transportation annually across the United States, public transit is a crucial part of getting where people where they need to go. With so many people relying on public transportation, it is no surprise that when accidents take place, they can have significant consequences.
Metro accidents can take place in a variety of ways and forms. Personal injury and wrongful death cases often arise from Metro-related accidents such as derailments, operator error, and collisions involving in-service and out-of-service trains. Poorly maintained waiting areas and stations, equipment, and elevators also contribute to accidents that take place involving the Metro.
Following a Metro accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Potential plaintiffs, depending on the circumstances and facts surrounding their case, may be eligible for compensation that covers medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, funeral expenses, and counseling and rehabilitation.
Because these cases can often be serious and involve financial and physical tolls on potential plaintiffs, anyone involved in a Metro or public transit accident considering legal action should hire an experienced Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney who will advocate on their behalf to get them the compensation they deserve.
Do You Need a Washington, D.C. Personal Injury Lawyer?
If you or someone you know was recently injured in a Washington, D.C. public transit accident, contact the attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen for assistance today. Our team of lawyers has years of experience representing clients in all types of claims and will provide you with the support and ease of mind you need while pursuing your legal claim. To schedule your free initial consultation today, contact us at 800-654-1949. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our services unless we can recover compensation on your behalf.