According to James Hohmann of the Washington Post, WMATA "officials are preparing to install video cameras on an unspecified number of rail cars, the first step in what could become a systemwide surveillance network that officials say will help them better manage crowds and investigate criminal activity." This will be paid for through a grant from the Department of Homeland Security. Some of the $27.8 million in grants will be also used to put more cameras on buses.
"[T]here’s a lot of good information the cameras can capture," Metro Transit Police Deputy Chief Jeff Delinski said. I agree with Mr. Delinski. Not only will it capture criminal activity, but it will also capture negligent conduct. By having cameras on buses, the circumstances that give rise to accidents will be more readily determined.
I recently represented a woman who was struck by a car that sped through a crosswalk. There was a bus next to the car that had stopped for pedestrians. I tracked down the bus company and determined that it had a camera on-board. The camera captured the movement of the car that struck my client. It proved to be powerful evidence in the case.
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Mr. Zambri is a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and 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 specializes in personal injury matters, including serious truck and car collisions. He has successfully litigated numerous 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. Mr. Zambri has also been named a "Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyer magazine (March/April 2009)–a national publication that honors the top lawyers in America.
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