A story in the
Washingtonian describes how lawyer Pat Regan has spent 30 years suing the Washington
Metropolitan Area Transit Authority over major disasters as well as minor
malfunctions. Despite the problems with the Metro, Regan continues to
use it regularly. However, his work has made him aware of ways to minimize
the likelihood of becoming the victim of a crash and incurring personal
harm. The discussion below details his safety insights.
Where and How to Ride
Regan believes the center cars of the train are the safest. He explains
that most of the serious injuries occur in the first car, while most of
the fatalities occur in the last one. In addition, rather than sitting,
he always stands and positions himself close to the door in case an emergency occurs.
What Car to Avoid
Watch out for a 1000-system car that has mismatched vinyl seats and soiled
carpets. The light orange color indicates its advanced age, as this was
the original hue of the rail system’s cars. Regan strongly advises
people against riding in this car, which has an exterior corner number
starting with the numeral 1.
How to Evacuate
When the Metro doesn’t evacuate people fast enough, Regan advocates
evacuating yourself. He says you can pull the emergency release near the
middle doors to exit easily from the train.
Undoubtedly, Regan’s recommendations will help protect the subway
riders from the horror and injuries associated with a tragic malfunction.
For more information, see
Patrick Regan Talks Metro Trains in Washingtonian Magazine.
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