Individual social media users and press outlets have uploaded a series
of photos and videos that show DC Metro services in disarray. Some of
these photos and videos show possibly unsafe conditions for passengers.
For example, a DC Metro passenger recently uploaded video footage of the
wrong train doors opening at an elevated Red Line station. Passengers
on the train were exposed to a two-to-three story drop.
According to DC Metro, the incident was caused by human error. If the passenger
had not uploaded the video onto social media, this situation may have
There are additional instances of possible DC Metro safety problems released
by press outlets and uploaded onto social media. The
Washington DC Patch even has as a series on its website called “Metro Daily Fail”,
which compiles social media photos and videos uploaded by passengers.
Media uploaded by passengers shows:
- Passengers sitting in darkened rail cars with malfunctioning lighting systems
- A Metro bus blocking a crosswalk, forcing people to walk close to nearby traffic
These are only recent incidents that have occurred within the past month.
In January, passengers on a Yellow Line train uploaded photos of a rail
car’s doors opening before it reached its destination. Although
passengers were exposed to an elevated drop, there were no injuries.
Can I File a Lawsuit if I Was Injured on DC Metro?
It is important to remember that businesses have a legal obligation to
ensure people using their services and others are safe from harm. Not
only is it potentially bad PR for a business to allow unsafe conditions
to persist, it may also be possible for injured customers to file lawsuits
Washington DC personal injury attorney Patrick Regan was featured in an
article published by the Washingtonian, where he explained WMATA safety issues. For more than 30 years, he has
helped injury victims and their family members hold WMATA accountable