What You Need to Know About Escalator Accidents in Washington D.C.

One of the last places anyone would expect to sustain an injury is on an escalator. Unfortunately, escalator accidents occur more frequently than you may think, and if you have been injured in one, you most likely know just how serious they can be. Read on and reach out to our seasoned Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys to learn more about escalator accidents and how our firm can help you fight for the compensation you deserve and need to heal. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How do escalator accidents happen?

Escalator accidents can happen for any number of factors, though some of the most common causes of escalator accidents that our firm has seen in the past are as follows:

  • Missing foot brushes
  • Missing comb plates
  • Escalators reversing in direction
  • Faulty handrails
  • Defective electrical systems
  • Design flaws
  • Inadequate maintenance/failing to keep equipment up to date/inspected

Who is responsible for an escalator accident?

If you are injured in an escalator accident, you will have to hire an experienced Washington D.C. personal injury attorney who can determine the liable party and from there prove that you were injured as a direct result of that party’s negligence. If we determine you were injured because of a negligent product designer or manufacturer, we may file a product liability lawsuit. If we determine you were injured because a property owner knew or should have known about the unsafe condition and failed to fix it, causing your accident and causing you to sustain damages as a result, we will file a premises liability claim. We will have to uncover various forms of evidence to prove your claim, including pictures of the unsafe condition, surveillance footage of the accident as it happened, witness statements, police reports, medical documentation, and more.

What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Washington D.C.?

Though you may consider waiting to pursue compensation after an injury in Washington D.C., we cannot advise you to do so, as there is a statute of limitations in place that regulates the amount of time you will have to sue a negligent party for an injury. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Washington D.C. is three years, giving you three years from the date of your accident to sue. The sooner you bring your claim to our attention, the better. We are ready to help.


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.