With nearly 1,500 buses providing as many as 400,000 trips daily, the Metrobus offers a less stressful way for thousands in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area to commute to work or school. Many use the bus as their major mode of transportation. While commuter buses are cost-effective, they are also large vehicles that must often make their way along busy highways and crowded city streets. These buses provide a valuable service to those who rely on them every day. Given the tragic bus crashes that have occurred over the past several years, however, there are safety concerns. From our law office serving the Maryland suburbs and Annapolis, MD areas, the attorneys of Hartel, DeSantis & Howie, LLP draw upon skill and experience to help those who have suffered harm in a Metrobus or Metrorail accident.What it Takes to File a Suit Against a Public Transportation Entity
The Metrorail, the area’s other mode of public transportation, is the second busiest transit system in the United States and moves 700,000 people daily in and around the Washington, D.C. metro area. While also the most efficient way to get around – particularly in the D.C. area – it also is subject to derailments and potential dangers both on the train and on the platforms.
If you have been injured in a Metrobus or Metrorail crash, as a pedestrian or as a passenger, filing a claim is not the same as it would be in a car accident – nor as straightforward. You are, essentially, taking on City Hall. The Metrobus and the Metrorail are both run by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), funded by the Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland governments. If you were in a car accident, your attorney would be dealing with private insurance companies and their adjusters. However, WMATA is self-insured, creating an additional level of bureaucracy to deal with and the unique matters surrounding suing a government-run transportation system.
As experienced attorneys for accidents on public transportation, we help you pursue justice by paying attention to details. There are special filing requirements and timelines to be met, and we meet them. We know how to loosen WMATA's tight grip on its purse strings to get you the compensation you deserve for the following types of accidents:
- Crush injuries
- Pedestrian or bike accidents
- Injuries at bus shelters and platforms
For more information on Metrobus and Metrorail accidents and injuries, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions About Public Transportation Accidents page.
We serve clients in Hanover and Annapolis, MD and throughout the region who have been injured in a Metro accident
To schedule a free consultation with our metro accident attorneys at Hartel, DeSantis & Howie, LLP in Hanover, MD to discuss your case, please call us at (443) 749-5111 or contact us online. We are available 24/7 to assist you.