"Regan is the leading Washington lawyer you call when you want to sue WMATA." - Washingtonian Magazine
The Metro accident attorneys at Regan Zambri Long PLLC have been taking on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) in civil claims for over 35 years. Washingtonian Magazine calls founding partner Patrick Regan "the Washington lawyer you call when you want to sue WMATA." He has handled more than 75 subway accident cases, recovering tens of millions of dollars in damages for victims. If you get into an accident while riding the Metro, call our Metro accident lawyer right away to get the compensation needed for your injuries.
Approximately 600,000 people use the Washington, DC subway system each day. Unfortunately, this constant wear and tear, along with the age of many trains, delayed track maintenance, and other negligent acts by the WMATA, puts riders at an increased risk for serious subway accidents.
In many cases, the WMATA is legally responsible for these accidents. However, filing a claim against the WMATA is not easy. Different rules apply, and you may have only a limited time to file. Therefore, if a subway accident harms you or a loved one, then it is crucial to contact a DC Metro accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Regan Zambri Long PLLC will listen to your claim with compassion and provide you with the best legal option available to get you the compensation you deserve. We recently represented the family of Carol Glover, a woman who tragically died as a result of the January 2015 smoke incident at the L’Enfant Plaza. In addition to Ms. Glover’s family, we represent many other passengers who were seriously injured due to smoke inhalation in the L’Enfant Plaza tragedy.
Additionally, Pat Regan and Sal Zambri served as lead lawyers for cases involving the 2009 train-on-train collision that occurred between two southbound Red Line Washington Metro trains in DC; this accident resulted in nine deaths and 50 severe injuries. The cases were later settled for an undisclosed amount.
Even a seemingly minor accident in the subway may become complicated if Metro does not respond quickly and act in the best interests of public safety. Although negligence is most frequently to blame, a subway accident can result from many factors. Common causes of accidents on the Metro include:
Train operators must maintain safe speeds and coordinate routes with other workers. This includes monitoring the equipment to ensure no nearby trains may cause an accident. Unfortunately, many Metro operators are improperly trained, which makes them unable to respond appropriately in the event of a crisis.
Poorly maintained rails may cause many safety issues, including electrical accidents and derailment. For example, in the 2015 L’Enfant Plaza tragedy, electrical arcs from the rails filled stopped trains with smoke, causing one victim’s wrongful death.
In many cases, WMATA defers necessary maintenance due to a lack of funding and workers. However, these delays dramatically increase the risk of deadly accidents to innocent commuters and tourists.
Some Metro train cars have been in use since the 1970s, placing riders at a higher risk for injury during a crash. In addition, equipment malfunctions are more likely to occur because of poor or a lack of maintenance to these trains.
Unfortunately, poorly maintained equipment can cause a deadly crash, such as in the case of the 2009 crash when it was discovered that faulty equipment contributed to the accident.
If you or a loved one sustains injuries in a Metro crash or other accident on the subway, then you may be able to hold WMATA accountable for your medical bills and other damages. However, since this is a government agency, filing a successful injury claim is often complex.
Your first step is to file a notice of injury claim with the relevant state agency. The Metro services approximately 91 stations throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC; each area has separate procedures to file a notice:
If you or a loved one sustains injuries in a Metro crash or other accident on the subway, then you may be able to hold WMATA accountable for your medical bills and other damages. However, since this is a government agency, filing a successful injury claim is often a complex process to handle by yourself.
A DC Metro accident lawyer from Regan Zambri Long PLLC can work with you to ensure you meet deadlines and file all the correct paperwork. Then, an attorney can conduct independent inquiries so that you get an explanation. At Regan Zambri Long PLLC, we have decades of experience with these claims, so we know what to check and where to go for answers.
You don’t need to be riding the subway to get hurt. But, sometimes, the injury can occur at the station. From poorly maintained waiting areas and elevators to slip and fall accidents, you can file a lawsuit against the WMATA for an accident that occurred at a station.
Depending on the severity of your injuries and whether your case will be going to trial, you could be rewarded with two types of damages — economic and non-economic.
Economic damages cover any financial losses you have experienced because of the accident. These damages include medical expenses, loss of income, loss of earning capacity, and, if necessary, funeral and burial costs.
Non-economic damages are meant to compensate you and your family for any non-financial losses you may have undergone. These damages include loss of consortium, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment.
Our Washington, DC Metro accident lawyers work on a contingency basis. This means when you hire Regan Zambri Long PLLC to handle your claim against the WMATA, you will not have to pay an attorney’s fee until we win your case. Once the case is settled, we will take our fee out of the final settlement. However, if we are unsuccessful, you do not owe us anything for our services.
Yes. Bringing a lawsuit against the WMATA can be extremely difficult. Not only are the statute of limitations different in each state, but the chances of getting a fair settlement on your own is unlikely. Therefore, you want a personal injury law firm that not only has the background of fighting for injury victims against the WMATA and the extensive trial experience needed to represent your interests in the courtroom.
To figure out who is responsible for your accident depends on what caused the accident. For example, you were injured in a train derailment caused by faulty equipment. You may have a claim against the manufacturer of the equipment as well as the WMATA. That’s why it’s essential to speak with an experienced injury attorney in Washington, DC, to learn your legal options.
If you were injured in a subway accident in Washington, DC, Virginia, or Maryland, our injury law firm is ready to take your case. With more than 100 years of experience and multimillion-dollar results for our injury clients, Regan Zambri Long can get you the maximum amount of compensation for your claim.
Don’t wait much longer. Contact our Metro accident lawyer today for a free consultation.