What You Should Know About Subway Accidents in Washington D.C.

You would be surprised by the number of accidents that occur in the subway. It is something that might not even cross your mind until it becomes a reality for you or someone you love. If you have been injured in a subway accident, you may want to file a lawsuit against the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority. To begin this process, it is best to reach out to an experienced subway accident attorney in Washington D.C. to help you get started. Continue reading to answer some of the questions you might have.

What are the most common causes of subway accidents in Washington D.C.?

The most common causes of subway accidents in Washington D.C. are as follows:

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

What should I do following a subway accident?

The first step you should take after being involved in a subway accident is to alert an employee of the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority. They will be able to assist you and report the accident. This report will include the location of the accident, how the accident occurred, and your condition when the employee found you. The employee should also alert the authorities and medical assistance. It is important to seek medical attention immediately and to go to a hospital if necessary. Collect any medical documents from this treatment that will state the date, time, and severity of your injuries. You should receive a document from the subway employee with the report information.

What is the statute of limitations for subway accidents in Washington D.C.?

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.


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.