Millions of people in Washington D.C. use mass transit every day to get to work and different places within the city. For many people, it is their only method of transportation. Like all other motor vehicles, mass transit accidents can happen. Public transportation methods such as the D.C. Metro and busses need to be monitored and meet certain regulations to ensure that its riders are safe. Mass transit vehicles and platforms must be inspected very closely. When these requirements are not met, mass transit accidents can happen and cause great injuries to many people. It is important to seek an experienced attorney if you have been injured in a mass transit accident.
Causes of Injuries
Although trains may seem safer than cars, accidents can still happen. Mass transit vehicles are susceptible to accidents just like another vehicle. Accidents can occur not only on the vehicle but in waiting areas as well. Any type of mass transit accident has the potential to injure a great number of people. These accidents can happen due to a variety of different situations. This may include:
- Faulty equipment
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
- Drowsy driving
- Driver/technician negligence
- Poorly maintained waiting areas
- Slip and falls
If a driver of a mass transit vehicle does not remain alert or drives irresponsibly, they can put riders in danger. This may also happen if a train or bus is not inspected regularly, possibly resulting in machine failures. Routine inspections can prevent accidents and injuries from happening.
Drivers, as well as operators, may be at fault if a mass transit accident occurs. If they fail to maintain certain standards that keep transit users safe, they may be held liable for injuries that may occur. In order to hold another party liable for negligence, the injured party must prove that they are responsible for their injury. In order to do so, they must provide evidence that proves the accidents and any injuries sustained were a direct result of the individual’s negligence.
Can I Receive Compensation?
Serious injuries can come with very large financial difficulties. If an injured person can prove negligence, they may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. It is possible to receive compensation to recover any lost wages, lost future wages, and medical bills as a result of the accident. When accidents happen, people also often experience emotional trauma as a result. This coverage may also include noneconomic damages, such as pain and suffering.
In Washington D.C., you should seek compensation before six months after the incident. If you are filing a claim, it must provide your personal information, when the incident happened, where it happened, and the cause. The District will then investigate the matter.
Contact our Firm
If you have been injured in a mass transit accident and wish to speak with an attorney, contact Trombly & Singer, PLLC. today.
The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.