Accidents involving Washington, D.C. public transportation have increased in recent years. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, only one death occurred each decade. Beginning in the mid 2000s, however, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has seen, on average, multiple deaths a year. Passengers and employees have died in train and bus crashes, which also injured hundreds more. If the negligent operation of public transportation has led to injury for you or a loved one, a Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer is available to discuss your options.
Two Washington, D.C. public transportation buses collided just days after a tour bus fell off a DC highway. One of the buses, a Metro bus, rear-ended another bus used in the Washington, D.C. transit system. Authorities believe poor weather played a role in the accident, as it had been pouring down rain at the time. The two-bus collision injured 26 passengers, including eight high school students.
Metro buses are frequently involved in accidents with pedestrians or other vehicles. A Metro bus struck a Congressman’s aid in the fall of 2009. The woman suffered life-threatening injuries when the bus driver hit her while she was in a crosswalk at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue NW and Florida Avenue NW. The bus driver has been the subject of multiple negligence lawsuits. The driver hit another bus and seven cars in 2003 because she failed to set the bus’s brakes and then left the bus. Also in 2003, while driving her personal vehicle, the driver drove through the window of a Wendy’s restaurant. In 2004, an elderly passenger sued the Metro because the bus driver struck a parked vehicle.
To learn more about how to handle Washington, D.C. Metro bus and train accidents, contact Joseph H. Koonz, a Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney, at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis, & Lightfoot L.L.P.