The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is a transit service funded by the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland governments. The WMATA oversees both the rapid transit service known as the “Metro” under the Metrorail brand and a fixed-route bus service under the Metrobus brand. While these mass transit systems are beneficial to residents and vacationers traveling in the DC metropolitan area, accidents involving buses and the subway can and do happen.
If you have been hurt in an accident involving the WMATA, a subway accident lawyer at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P. can help you hold the responsible parties accountable for your injuries. Our personal injury law firm has obtained many favorable verdicts and settlements for clients who were harmed in subway and bus accidents, including one settlement totaling over $2.3 million in damages for the wrongful death of a government worker.
Millions of Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia locals use the Metro to commute to school, work and to attend social functions each day. The Metro is also a good way for those visiting the DC area to travel, especially those who do not know the area well.
While the Metro usually runs smoothly and is able to deliver all its passengers to their destinations in a safe and timely manner, from time to time WMATA accidents and derailments occur. Some Metrorail derailments have even resulted in serious injuries and death to both train passengers and workers.
Causes of these public transportation accidents vary from case to case, but often involve the following issues:
Injuries sustained from a Metro accident can be extensive, and the large number of passengers, the inadequate number of seats and lack of safety restraining belts do not help matters.
Like the Metrorail, the WMATA Metrobus service also provides city transportation to numerous residents and visitors of Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.. The WMATA bus transit system is among the busiest in the nation. Due to the amount of traffic in the DC area and more than 1,500 buses on the road, bus accidents are more common than Metro derailments and train collisions.
Many bus accidents in the Metro area have involved buses and their drivers:
In addition to passengers being hurt or killed in derailments or bus accidents, individuals can suffer injuries even before boarding a Metrorail train or bus. Other injuries in which the WMATA may be responsible for include those caused by:
If you are injured in an accident on a Metrobus or on the Metro rapid transit, the WMATA may be liable. However, the WMATA is self-regulating agency. It will conduct its own investigations regarding public transit accidents in the DC Metro area to try to limits its liability, or responsibility, to pay what you deserve for your damages. This is why it is very important that you retain a subway accident attorney near you for assistance if you have been injured in an accident involving the WMATA.
If you are in need of a personal injury attorney experienced with handling cases against the WMATA, the subway accident attorneys at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P. may be able to help you file a claim. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay no attorney fees unless we win your case. This includes what our firm pays to investigate the crash on your behalf – you do not repay us if we do not secure compensation for you.
For a free consultation about your WMATA injury case, contact our attorneys online or call our offices in DC (202) 659-5500, Greenbelt (301) 345-5700 or Fairfax (703) 218-4410 today.