Safety Important for WMATA

By Peter DePaolis

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Safety measures are very important for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. When a Metro station is void of proper safety measures for passengers and workers, it places the WMATA in a negligent situation. Incidents involving inadequate safety features on transportation equipment can include a lack of handrails of stairs for workers and passengers and the incidences of trains colliding with one another.

In the wake of the 2004 Metro train collision, investigators reported that many of Metro’s trains lacked adequate safety features and issued more than 100 recommendations to solve the problems. These features include upgrading all Metro trains to prevent them from rolling backward and installing door handles to aid emergency workers attempting to enter rail cars. After being requested to release train data, Metro officials quickly finalized at least 36 recommendations that were listed. In addition, they also made major management changes and declared war on resolving safety problems.

It is important that proper measures be taken to ensure the safety of both the passenger and employee. Not only will Metro’s budget expenses lower, precious lives will follow suit. Many of Metro’s previous accidents could have been prevented simply by upgrading and installing new safety measures based on the investigative findings of the 2004 wreck.

If you or a loved one suffers injuries or death from WMATA negligence, please contact a Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.