Two Metro Buses Collide in Southeast DC

By Peter DePaolis

Two Metrobuses collided earlier this month in Southeast DC near the intersection of Martin Luther King Avenue and W Street, according to a Washington, D.C. fire department spokesperson. The bus accident happened at approximately 2:45 p.m. when one bus collided with the back end of the other bus.

Authorities said nine bus passengers suffered injuries in the accident. The DC fire department called it a mass-casualty accident and it sent several rescue personnel to the scene. The injuries are not likely severe according to the fire department spokesperson. Both of the bus drivers involved in the accident are undergoing routine drug and alcohol testing.

Overall, the U.S. Department of Transportation recently said the past three months of 2011 have been the “worst period” for bus accidents in recent history. A United States House panel examined the issue of bus safety and said most accidents occur because of inexperienced drivers, bald tires, faulty brakes and companies trying to cut costs.

If you or a loved one suffers injuries in a bus accident, contact a Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis for a free consultation. David Schloss is an experienced Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer who can help you maximize the financial recovery for your injuries.

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.