Our Metro and Commuter Train Accident Frequently Asked Questions
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What can I recover if I’m hurt at a WMATA station?
The Metrorail, which is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), is one of the busiest transit systems in the nation. The system serves commuters in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Even though officials are responsible for keeping commuters safe, WMATA often receives criticism for its oversight of safety measures. Metro accidents include serious collisions and derailments and personal injuries that happen to people in stations, waiting areas, and elevators.
Common reasons injuries occur at WMATA stations include:
- Poorly maintained stations and waiting areas that can cause slip and falls
- Falling objects
- Failure to accommodate people with disabilities
- Improperly maintained or serviced elevators
Compensation From WMATA Personal Injury Accidents
Being injured in a metro station accident takes a physical and financial toll on victims. Every personal injury case is unique, but typical compensation for personal injury accidents includes:
- Medical bills and hospital expenses
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages and potential reduced income
- Pain and suffering
Why You Need a Lawyer
Because WMATA is a tri-jurisdictional government agency, it can be tricky to bring a case against it. For a regular personal injury claim in Virginia, the statute of limitations is two years. But if you intend to take action against the WMATA, you must file within one year of the incident. You can improve your chances of having a successful case and receiving the maximum amount of damages by working with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Navigating the claims process and working with insurance companies without representation by an attorney can be a costly mistake.
If you were injured at a WMATA station, call us for a free, no-obligation consultation. Our attorneys will go over the details of your case and gather evidence that may prove your injury happened because of negligence on the part of WMATA. You will pay no up-front legal feels. We work on a contingency basis, so we only get paid if you recover damages.