Buses and metro cars are large, heavy, and generally safe. But accidents do happen – some of them are avoidable and should have been avoided. Metro cars, buses, and other public conveyances must be safely operated and maintained to prevent injury to riders. All operators should be properly trained. Regardless how many thousands of passengers use public transportation systems, municipalities are held to a high standard of care and may be held liable when injuries occur. If you or somebody you love was injured in a metro accident or the like, speak with a Washington DC bus accident attorney as soon as possible. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
DC Metro and Bus Accident Injuries
Tracks, cars, brakes, and areas of stations such as escalators and turn styles must be maintained. Cities and counties operating transit systems are also expected to provide lighting to avoid assault and robbery. Just as on any premises, dangers of slipping and falling, or tripping over objects, must be either clearly marked or eliminated. Metro and bus accidents in the District can include catastrophic collisions and derailments but serious personal injuries can also occur in stations, including waiting areas and elevators, and bus stops. A Washington DC car accident lawyer can represent victims of personal injury or wrongful death caused by:
- Slip and falls
- Faulty equipment
- Driver distraction
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driver fatigue
- Excessive speed
- Poorly maintained waiting areas
- Falling objects
- Elevator and escalator accidents
Additionally, crashes have occurred due to operators texting and mere carelessness. Closing doors have resulted in shoulder, hand, and other injuries while sudden stops have caused passengers to fall or slam into walls. With roughly one million riders per day taking the metro alone, public transportation officials, including metro and bus personnel, have a duty to protect the safety of all riders. When that duty is breached, a Washington DC bus accident attorney can help you recover compensation.
Damages in Metro and Bus Accident Claims
As a victim of a metro or bus accident in the District, you are entitled to bring a case for the following:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Future earnings
- Loss of consortium
- Emotional distress
An experienced attorney at our Washington DC injury law firm will be able to help you in calculating these amounts before filing your injury claim.
Trombly & Singer, PLLC | DC Bus Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one was electrocuted, fell on broken steps, or has otherwise been injured, contact a Washington DC bus accident attorney at Trombly & Singer, PLLC. We are a small law firm that has chosen to focus on providing clients with professional service with a personal and human touch. Each of our lawyers has extensive legal experience helping injured people in Washington, DC and Maryland. Both of our firm’s partners are listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” for the District of Columbia and both have been identified by Law and Politics magazine, a major legal publication, as being among the District of Columbia’s “Super Lawyers.” Call our office at 202-775-8888 today for a free legal consultation.