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Metro System Repairs Days Before Crash Were Inadequate

Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 1-Jul-2009

Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire
 
Lena Sun and Lyndsey Layton of the Washington Post reported today that federal investigators confirmed that WMATA personnel attempted to replace a component of the signaling system of the tracks only five days before last week’s tragic collision.  According to the report, federal investigators commented that following the attempted repair work, "the control system circuitry that is designed to prevent crashes did not perform properly."

The horrible crash took place on June 22.  According to the statement issued by the National Transportation Safety Board, a track circuit in the crash area "periodically lost its ability to detect trains after June 17"–five days before the collision. What WMATA did to test the system and why trains were permitted to operate while the system was defective are issues that must be addressed.  My firm represents victims and their families, and we will determine what errors caused what has been the most horrific Metro accident in its 33-year history.

About the author:

Mr. Zambri has been rated by Washingtonian magazine as a "Big Gun" and among the "top 1%" of all lawyers in the Washington metropolitan area.  The magazine also describes him as "one of Washington’s best–most honest and effective lawyers" who specialize in personal injury matters.  He has successfully litigated multiple cases against truck and bus companies, the Washington Metropolitan Area transit Authority, and other automobile owners.  His law firm, in fact, has obtained the largest settlement ever in a personal injury case involving WMATA.  He has also been named a "Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyer magazine.  Mr. Zambri has authored an article regarding how automobile collision cases are evaluated.  To read it, please click here.

Many Americans are killed or injured each year in vehicular collisions.  If you want more information about your legal rights, please email Mr. Zambri at szambri@reganfirm.com or call him at 202-822-1899.

 

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