Washington DC and Maryland Metro Accident Law Firm

Ever since the Metro opened in 1975, Washingtonians have enjoyed quickly moving around town at a reasonable cost with fewer inconveniences than driving a car, riding a bus or hailing a cab. The Metro has grown to reach suburbs from Shady Grove to Reston as many people prefer to sit and read than nervously check their rear and side-view mirrors in rush hour traffic. Unfortunately, sometimes a Metro accident occurs and many people are seriously injured.

When the Metro began its inaugural trips, it was hailed as the best subway system in the country.  The subway cars were shiny, clean and carpeted.  The seats and backs were comfortably padded and not hard plastic typically seen in other cities.  Compared to the century-old subway systems in New York, Boston and London, Washington’s Metro system was modern and efficient.

In the past few years, the aging public subway system has deteriorated due to extensive use and lack of maintenance. Many of the problems can be traced to the lack of money.  The Metro system is forever fighting to receiving proper government funding in order to keep up with expenses. Recently, Metro has embarked on a system-wide upgrade to focus on safety.

Accidents Will Happen But Many Can Be Prevented

Accidents have sometimes crippled the Metro system and caused serious injuries and fatalities.  When trains collide or a subway car is filled with smoke, catastrophic consequences follow. 

Accidents happen when Metro fails to perform proper maintenance on trains, switches and rails.  Sometimes it is due to operator error such as being distracted while going through a tunnel or arriving at a station. Operator fatigue is sometimes the cause of accidents.

Our firm represents passengers who have been injured in a Metro accident. We have the experience of going up against the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to help put your life back together following an accident. If WMATA’s actions caused your injury, our accident reconstruction experts and lawyers will find the evidence. Our job is to then hold WMATA responsible for causing you to suffer a serious injury.

Contact us for a full investigation of your case in order to determine whether negligence was the cause of your injury. If WMATA was negligent, we will find the evidence. And if you suffered a serious injury, you could be entitled to compensation for lost wages, future wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering.

Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims

There is a time limit for initiating a personal injury lawsuit. In Washington, D.C. and Maryland you have three years from the date of the injury to make a claim.  Wrongful death matters are treated differently in the District of Columbia where the time limit is two years. In Maryland, there is a three-year limitation on wrongful death cases. Contact us for a free initial consultation. If you wait too long, you may be unable to pursue a case.  When you reach out to us, your personal injury attorney will thoroughly analyze your case and conduct a full investigation to determine whether you should pursue a case.

Do I Have to Pay a Metro Accident Lawyer?

We work on a contingency basis which means that you will not pay us anything for our services unless we are successful in resolving your case. In the case of a favorable outcome, our fee is a percentage of the total amount recovered.  If we are not able to obtain a favorable outcome, then you owe us nothing for our time or expenses.

SIX MONTHS’ NOTICE

If you are claiming that WMATA is negligent then then you must act quickly and contact a lawyer.

You only have 6 months to file a claim with the District of Columbia Government before filing a lawsuit in court. Please contact us for more information about your case so that we may determine the best course of action.

You can count on our total dedication to you. We rely on the best experts to help us evaluate your case. With our firm on your side, you will have an attorney directly available to you.  Contact us at 202-330-6290 or info@serranolegal.com for a free initial consultation if you suffered a serious injury.