Commuters on a D.C. Metro Transit train recently experienced an unforeseeable tragedy as dozens of passengers were injured and one was killed after smoke filled the cabins of the cars. As many as 80 passengers required medical treatment as the train experienced significant mechanical issues just after leaving the station. The mechanical issue halted the train, cut power to the cars and caused caustic smoke to fill the air.
First responders made it to the scene of the accident quickly, but were forced to wait nearly an hour before attempting to free the passengers trapped inside the train. Confusion over the extent of the damage to the train and the presence of live electrical currents coursing through the tracks and the train kept rescue workers from attempting to reach the victims.
According to reports and eyewitness accounts, most victims who required medical attention suffered from smoke inhalation and other significant injuries.
What can this tragic event teach us?
Attempting to learn lessons from tragic events is important to avoiding future accidents. While the cause of the accident is still under investigation, there are several things to be learned from the tragedy, including that accidents occur at unforeseen times, and in unforeseen places.
No one ever expects to be in an accident, especially one involving public transportation. Unfortunately, accidents do happen, usually when we least expect them. It’s important to protect yourself as best you can, but also to know that you can’t predict every possible accident.
Victims of the metro train accident have rights
One of the most important things that victims of the metro train accident should understand is that they may have the legal right to pursue compensation for losses stemming from the incident. Under state and federal personal injury laws, the Metro Transit organization and other parties may be liable for the losses sustained by victims of this accident, including:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages due to missed work hours
- Pain and suffering
The most tragic result of the accident is the loss of a victim’s life. The Metro Transit organization is liable for the deceased’s family’s loss, including the loss of companionship, the income the deceased would have earned during their lifetime and the grief their family has endured since the tragedy.
Be prepared to take action
If you or a loved one are ever involved in an accident like the Metro train incident, you should be prepared to take legal action as quickly as possible. After seeking medical care for your injuries, contact an experienced law firm that knows how to help victims recover the compensation they are due.
For more information about the rights of victims, or to discuss losses you have sustained in an accident caused by another party, call the Baltimore law firm of Mallon & McCool, LLC. at (410) 727-7887, toll free at (800) 918-8872 or contact us online today.