Six-Car Red Line Metro Train Derails

By Peter DePaolis

If you would like more information about personal injuries stemming from Metro accidents, please contact Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer Marc Fiedler of McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis L.L.P.

The DC Metro experiences accidents and safety problems. The hundreds of thousands of passengers who rely on the Metro each day should be able to do so without fear of injury.

A six-car red line Metro train with 345 passengers on board derailed on Friday, February 12 near the Farragut North station. A Metro spokeswoman said that the wheels of the train’s first car slipped off the track, and three people were injured as a result. The derail caused several hours of delays and blocked traffic until the station was reopened later that day. Passengers on the derailed train were scared, recalling the Metro accidents of June 2009 when nine passengers and two Metro workers were killed.

The Metro administration needs to make changes to better assure the safety of its many passengers. Aging or faulty equipment or tracks needs to be regularly checked and, if necessary, replaced. Employer error or fatigue could have been to blame. The bottom line is that a problem as basic as a train’s wheels slipping off the track should not occur.

If you or a loved one has suffered any injuries stemming from Metro incidents, 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.