Subway Accidents in Washington D.C. | What to Know

Many people in and around Washington D.C. rely on the subway to get to and from work, school, errands, etc. When riding the subway, you likely assume that you are safe. Generally, this is a good assumption. Unfortunately, accidents can occur, and when they do, they can be life-altering. Read on to learn more about subway accidents and what to do if you sustain an injury while riding the subway in D.C.

How do subway accidents occur?

It may come as a surprise, but there are countless ways for an accident to occur on the subway. Some of the most common accidents are caused by:

  • Improper maintenance
  • Improper operation
  • Improper design
  • Poor subway security
  • Obstructed walkways
  • Electrocutions
  • Improperly functioning subway doors
  • Defective stairs
  • Defective platforms

Filing for compensation

If you are injured in a mass transit accident, you may be eligible to recover compensation for the following damages:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Future earnings
  • Loss of consortium
  • Emotional distress

What is the statute of limitations?

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Washington D.C. is three years. However, this does not apply directly to your situation. You will only have 6 months from the date of your injury to take action against a municipality. You will file a Notice of Claim which will let the municipality know your intent for legal action. In the Notice of Claim, you will include the location, date, and time of the incident as well as your injuries. If your claim is denied, you may take legal action with the assistant of an experienced attorney. If you wait past 6 months, you will likely be denied your right to compensation. Reach out to our firm today to get started.

If you are injured in a subway accident in Washington D.C., you will need the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. Our firm will fight to help you recover the compensation you need and deserve. When it comes to taking action against a municipality, there is no time to waste. Reach out today to discuss your case.


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.