How Can I Improve My Safety While Riding on Metro Railcars?

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 23-Jun-2017

Over the last several weeks, our blog has discussed possible safety problems found on trains operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). This is an important topic to discuss because Metro railcars have been involved in several fatal accidents during the last decade. It also may be possible to improve your safety in the event of a DC Metro accident.

During the summer of 2009, two DC Metro trains crashed on the Red Line at the Fort Totten Station. Nine people died and another 80 were injured during the incident. Almost six years later, another deadly incident occurred on the Yellow Line at L’Enfant Plaza. On January 12, 2015, a train travelling along the Yellow Line with 400 passengers on board encountered smoke in the tunnel between L’Enfant Plaza Station and the Potomac River Bridge. One passenger died and dozens more were injured after becoming trapped on the train.

Washington DC personal injury attorneys Patrick Regan and Salvatore Zambri represented victims from both crashes. In 2015, the Washingtonian interviewed Mr. Regan while writing a piece on WMATA’s long history of safety problems. According to the article, there are steps that WMATA customers can take to improve their safety while riding on DC Metro trains. These steps include:

  • Avoid riding in the front cars. If you are able, try to pick a center car instead. During the 2009 incident, a majority of the fatalities and catastrophic injuries occurred in the front car.
  • While riding on DC Metro rail cars, stay standing and make sure you are close to a door at all times. This can help you quickly evacuate if an accident occurs.
  • Do not be afraid to evacuate yourself in the event of an emergency, especially in cases where Metro is not evacuating quickly enough.

What Should I Do If I Am Harmed During a DC Metro Accident?

While the tips mentioned in our blog and the Washingtonian article may help improve your safety while riding Metro railcars, it is still possible to suffer catastrophic injuries during an accident. Attorney Patrick Regan has earned the nickname “Metro’s Nemesis” for his long history of representing victims of DC Metro crashes. In addition, attorney Salvatore Zambri’s representation of clients who were injured while using DC Metro has been widely publicized. If you suffered injuries or lost a loved one during a DC Metro accident, Patrick Regan and his team of DC personal injury attorneys at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC can help you explore possible legal options.

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