History of The Metro
After a seven year construction period, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (usually referred to simply as "Metro") was opened in 1976. With over 90 stations throughout the metropolitan area (and several more being built), the Metro is very busy. In 2015, there was an average number of 712,843 trips per weekday, totaling 215.3 million total trips. Over the years, there have been countless collisions, derailments, shootings (for Metro shooting cases our firm has dealt with, click here), injuries and deaths. The WMATA has fallen under intense scrutiny in the past for its lack of foresight in safety issues and ignoring advice from experts. After a computer error resulted in the death of a metro operator in 1996, operators have been given control to manually control their trains. Since then, operators have been caught texting and performing other negligent acts, forgoing regard for the safety of their passengers. Whether the negligence falls on the driver, the operator, or the WMATA government agency as a whole, it's imperative you reach out to a law firm to discuss your options.
Making a Claim
Claims against the Metro range from claims against the company for the negligence of their bus drivers, to claims against the company for the negligence of their train conductors, and many other claims in between. Attorney Roger Gelb has handled claims against Metro for (i) smoke inhalation, when his client was held captive on a stopped train, while there was fire and smoke in the immediate area of the car, (ii) train derailment, and (iii) driver negligence (very common).
Although the evidence is purely anecdotal, it is the experience of Gelb & Gelb, P.C., and many other lawyers in the plaintiff's bar, that resolving a claim amicably with Metro is exceedingly unusual. In most instances, a lawsuit must be filed in order to make a recovery. Often, there is no offer of settlement even cases with extremely clear liability.
It's imperative that you call to discuss your case with an experienced attorney to discuss your options. D.C., Maryland, and Virginia attorney Roger Gelb and his firm have represented over 10,000 clients and have recovered in excess of $100,000,000.00 (one hundred millions dollars) since its founding in 1954. Contact us today for a free consultation.