Mass transit is a wonderful option for commuters around the Washington, D.C. area. Utilized by millions of people, these mass transit options are still exposed to dangers. Metro cars, buses, and other public conveyances must be safely operated and maintained to prevent injury to riders. All operators should be properly trained. In regards to liability, 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. Contact Trombly & Singer, PLLC.
DC Metro and Bus Accident Injuries
Cities and counties operating transit systems are expected to maintain every facet of the mass transit system. Just as on any premises, hazards that cause slip or trip and fall accidents must be either clearly marked or eliminated in the station and at waiting areas. Serious personal injuries have regularly occured in stations, including waiting areas and elevators, and bus stops. Metro and bus accidents in the District can include catastrophic collisions and derailments. Crashes have occurred due to operators texting and mere carelessness. Closing doors have resulted in a shoulder, hand, and other injuries while sudden stops have caused passengers to fall or slam into walls. An experienced attorney 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
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 can help you in calculating these amounts before filing your injury claim.
Recovering Damages from a Municipality
Depending on the facts of the case, you may need to take legal action against a government entity. A Notice of Claim must be submitted within 6 months of the incident. It must provide your information, date and time of the incident, the exact location of the incident, the cause of the injury or damage, the circumstances of the injury. The District will have the opportunity to investigate the matter and provide compensation. If the claim is denied or otherwise ignored, you may pursue further legal action.
Trombly & Singer, PLLC | DC Bus Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one was injured, contact Trombly & Singer, PLLC. We are focused on providing clients with effective legal services with a personal and human touch. A mass transit accident can end with terrible results. If you are injured in a mass transit accident, finding the liable party is complex. It is important to retain the services of a seasoned law firm. Contact Trombly & Singer, PLLC for a consultation to discuss your legal matter.