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
- 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.