Train Accidents in Washington D.C. | What You Need to Know

There are few things more frightening than being involved in a train accident. Due to the sheer size, weight, and speed at which trains travel, these accidents are notoriously devastating. Fortunately, they do not happen often, however, if you are injured in one, you will most likely require significant compensation to help cover the cost of your medical bills, lost wages, and more. Please continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys to learn more about train accidents and how we can assist you through the claims process if you have been injured in one. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How do train accidents happen?

Train accidents occur for many different reasons, as they are complex machines. However, in most cases, train accidents are a result of negligence. Some of the most frequent causes of train accidents include traveling at the improper speed, operating the train while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, train crews failing to adequately maintain the train or the tracks, sudden starts & stops, derailments, crews failing to follow orders, and more. If you were injured in a train accident due to negligence, there is a very strong chance that you will have a viable personal injury claim.

What should I do if I am involved in a train accident?

If you are injured in a train accident, you should first ask all witnesses and individuals involved in the accident for their contact information so they can provide testimony at a later date, corroborating your claim. You should also do everything in your power to take pictures of the scene of the accident, seek immediate medical treatment, and speak with a knowledgeable Washington D.C. personal injury attorney who can fight to uncover all additional information needed to satisfy the burden of proof in your personal injury claim, such as surveillance footage of the accident as it happened.

How long will I have to file a Notice of Claim in Washington D.C.?

In most cases, accident victims will have three years from the date of their accident to take legal action against the liable party in Washington D.C. However, when someone is injured in an accident involving government property or a form of transit owned by the government, they will have to file a Notice of Claim within six months of the date of their accident. Rather obviously, this is a far stricter time limit, which is why you cannot make the mistake of waiting to sue. We can help you today. Do not delay.


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.