The WMATA Metrorail subway system, which serves Maryland, the District and Virginia, is a transportation hub for many metro area commuters. While no mechanical system is without its flaws and occasional failures, WMATA has seen more than its fair share of safety concerns and mechanical problems.
The Metrorail has had multiple mechanical failures since it went into operation in 1976. The Metrorail has derailed on dozens of occasions, sometimes resulting in injuries and deaths, including:
The Metrorail has also been involved in numerous collisions over the years, and some have been deadly:
The Metro transportation system has its own police force, created in 1976. The Metro Transit Police Department (MTPD) is in place to prevent people from abusing the system, but also to protect commuters from criminals. Despite the existence of the MTPD, crime continues to be an issue.
The WMATA regulates itself and has its own internal systems in place for dealing with Metro accidents and crime. However, a person who suffers an injury because of WMATA’s negligent maintenance practices and negligent policing of its stations and parking lots should still have the opportunity to obtain justice in court. An experienced and knowledgeable Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer is the key to making sure a lawsuit against the WMATA is successful. If you have suffered an injury on the Metrorail or if a loved one has died because of Metrorail injuries, contact a Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney right away to find out if you have a case.