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  • Metro Announces "Safetrack" Plan

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 6-Jun-2016

    By: Matthew Tievsky Metro has been repeatedly embarrassed lately by a series of safety failures that have left commuters questioning the viability of its railway system. Due to years of neglect, electrical fires, and other infrastructure-related issues, breakdowns have become common, leading to delays and, in some cases, series injuries to riders. To address these concerns – and in response ...
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  • D.C. Court of Appeals Holds Metro Accountable for Slippery Station Floors

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 9-May-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel We are all familiar with the tiled surfaces of Metro stations. What may be less familiar is the fact that, over time, the force of people’s shoes on the tiles scuffs and wears down the surface, making the tiles smoother and slippery. When wet, the tiles in certain Metro stations can be particularly dangerous. In the case of Reeves v. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit ...
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  • Federal Safety Inspection Reveals a Multitude of Dangers in the Metro System

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 2-May-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel You likely remember that Metro shut down for a full day this past March, as federal safety inspectors investigated the Metro system for safety violations. In fact, for weeks federal inspectors have been conducting a safety “blitz” to uncover problems with the system. Now, the results of the inspections are in – and they aren’t good. According to findings ...
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  • Experts Say Amtrak Accident Should Have Been Prevented

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 13-Apr-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel “This is an absolutely shouldn’t-have-happened situation… the safety procedures are in place to prevent exactly this,” said Allan Zarembski, director of the University of Delaware’s Railroad Engineering and Safety Program. Zarembski is referring to the deadly Amtrak crash that occurred last week just south of Philadelphia that killed two workers ...
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  • Two People Killed in Amtrak Collision

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 5-Apr-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Two Amtrak workers were killed and dozens of passengers were injured after a Washington, DC-bound train collided with a backhoe on Sunday morning. The accident occurred south of Philadelphia less than a year after another Amtrak derailment accident killed eight people. According to Stephen Gardner, the Vice President of Amtrak, the lead engine of the train derailed at around ...
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  • Federal Transit Authority Issues Report on Metro Rail "Red Light" Violations

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 28-Mar-2016

    By: Matthew Tievsky Given Metro’s poor safety record, the Federal Transit Authority recently took over responsibility for safety oversight on the D.C. area’s major provider of public transportation. The FTA recently issued a report on “red light” violations by Metro train operators. This means instances in which an operator continued to drive a train even though he or she ...
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  • NTSB Most Wanted List Highlights Needed Safety Improvements

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 27-Jan-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel The National Transportation Safety Board is an independent federal agency charged with investigating all mass transit accidents that have occurred in the United States, as well as significant accidents occurring in other modes of transportation, including highway, railway, pipeline, and marine. The goal of the Board is to prevent future accidents by identifying how and why ...
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  • Man Killed on Metro Train Tracks Outside D.C.

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 24-Nov-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel About a month after the Federal Government announced that it would assume responsibility for safety oversight of Metro trains, another death has occurred. On the evening of November 23, 2015, a man was run over and killed by a Blue Line Metro train on the tracks of the Capitol Heights Station in Prince George’s County. Metro Transit Police are still investigating whether ...
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  • Federal Government Assumes Responsibility for Safety on Metro Rail

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 16-Oct-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel As we recently blogged, Metro’s rail system is currently overseen by the Federal Transit Administration (“FTA”), an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”). To fix Metro’s endemic safety problems on its rail system, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended that Metro’s rail system be reclassified under ...
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  • By: Allan M. Siegel Accidents on Metro’s rail system are nothing new. To take a few recent examples, on January 12, 2015, a yellow line train became stuck in a tunnel, and flooded with smoke. Dozens of people became ill, and one woman died. On August 6 of this year, a train derailed between the Federal Triangle and Smithsonian stations. And, on September 21, an electrical failure brought a ...
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  • WMATA Knew of Cause of August Derailment but Failed to Act

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 26-Aug-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel In early July, WMATA found a flaw in the rail system, a flaw that should have prompted an immediate shutdown of the section of the rail. Instead, WMATA continued to run trains on the section until a train derailed in early August. The defect that caused the derailment, called a “wide gauge,” causes a train’s wheels to lose contact with the rails. The defect ...
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  • MARC Train Hits Dump Truck on Tracks in Montgomery County

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 28-Jul-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel On Monday, July 20th, police and transit officials reported that a MARC train collided with a dump truck on the tracks in Montgomery County. In light of recent train accidents making headlines, including the Philadelphia Amtrak derailment in May, authorities responded promptly to the incident and communicated openly with public officials and local citizens. Here are some ...
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  • NTSB Reveals Alarming Interviews from Smoke Incident Near L'Enfant Metro Station

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 29-Jun-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel It has been nearly 6 months since the fatal smoke Metro smoke incident near L’Enfant station resulted in the death of one victim and the hospitalization of dozens more passengers. In the time that has passed, federal investigators have been working to determine what caused the calamity and what steps can be taken to prevent similar tragedies from occurring. With newly ...
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  • NTSB Report Gives First Indications of Cause of January Metro Incident

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 19-Jun-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel Six months after the Yellow Line tunnel filled with smoke and resulted in one person dead and countless others injured, the National Transportation Safety Board hinted at a likely potential cause of the incident. In a 10-page report, the NTSB criticized Metro for failing to ensure all power-cable connections near the rail tracks are protected from contaminants. Transit ...
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  • Amtrak Officials Announce Installation of Cameras to Record Train Engineers

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 1-Jun-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel Following the tragic train accident in Philadelphia earlier this month, Amtrak officials have announced that they will install video cameras to record the actions of train engineers. The move comes as investigators continue their search for what caused May 12th’s deadly derailment, which resulted in 8 deaths and over 200 injuries. Although Northeast Regional Train 188 was ...
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  • Lawsuits Filed As Amtrak Investigations Continue

    Posted By Allan M. Siegel || 22-May-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel Federal investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are continuing to explore why Amtrak Train 188 derailed and crashed off a stretch of track in Philadelphia last week, killing 8 passengers and injuring numerous others. According to recent statements, investigators are currently trying to determine whether the engineer was using his cellphone while ...
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  • Federal Law Limits Compensation for Amtrak Accident Victims

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 19-May-2015

    By: Joseph Cammarata As victims and families affected by last Tuesday’s fatal Amtrak crash in Philadelphia begin to put their lives back together, legal experts are raising concerns about a little-known federal law that limits compensation Amtrak will pay to cover their damages. According to the law, damages for all plaintiffs in a “single accident or incident” cannot exceed $200 ...
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  • First Lawsuit Filed in Amtrak Crash

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 18-May-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel The first lawsuit has been filed in a Philadelphia federal court relating to the Amtrak crash outside of Philadelphia. The plaintiff is an Amtrak employee who was riding up to New York’s Penn Station to work. Because he is an employee of Amtrak, he is covered by the Federal Employers’ Liability Act, which allows railroaders injured on the job to seek compensation. ...
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  • Amtrak Accident: Investigators Puzzled Over Recent Developments

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 15-May-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel Local and federal officials have been working around the clock since Tuesday’s fatal Amtrak accident to determine why the incident occurred. Since the crash - which killed 8 victims and caused numerous passenger injuries - new developments have come to light showing the train traveling at excessive speeds before reaching the curve where it derailed. The latest round of ...
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  • UPDATE: Investigators Say Amtrak Train Was Going Over 100 MPH Before Crash, 8th Death Confirmed

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 14-May-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel After reviewing preliminary data, Federal investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have stated that Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 was traveling over 100 mph before it derailed on a stretch of track in Philadelphia - roughly twice the 50 mph speed limit for the curve it was on. In addition to initial information about the train’s speed - ...
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  • 7 Killed, Dozens Injured in Philadelphia Amtrak Accident

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 13-May-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel Last evening - Tuesday May 12 th - an Amtrak train traveling from Washington, DC to New York derailed and overturned in northeast Philadelphia. At the time of the incident, Train 188 was carrying over 240 passengers. Tragically, several passengers have been pronounced dead and dozens more have suffered injuries. Here is what is known about the Amtrak crash so far: 7 people have ...
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  • Metro Delays Are Unfortunate Reminder that WMATA Still Has Long Way to Go After January Incident

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 12-May-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel An electrical malfunction in a Metro tunnel that resulted in suspension of service on three different rail lines was an unfortunate reminder that WMATA still faces the same issues that resulted in dozens of injured people and one person dead in January. During the morning rush hour on May 11, electricity began to escape from the third rail on the Metro tracks that run between ...
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  • Streetcar Collision Raises More Questions About Their Safety

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 5-Mar-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel If you live in or around Washington, D.C., over the last few years you have probably heard at least a few things about the streetcar the District has been desperately trying to put on H Street N.E., and most likely the things you have heard are not good. After years of complications and millions upon millions of taxpayer dollars spent, the streetcar is close to a reality, now ...
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  • DC Metro Experiences Two More Smoke Incidents

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 24-Feb-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel Just a little over a month after a malfunction caused smoke to fill a Metro train at L'Enfant Plaza station and sent dozens of passengers to area hospitals, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) experienced two more smoke incidents. These incidents, which both occurred during this past weekend, involved smoke filled tunnels at two separate stations. ...
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  • Congress Weighs in on DC Metro Updates

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 22-Jan-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel Following last week's tragic DC Metro incident at L'Enfant Plaza station, investigators and public officials have been working to piece together what exactly went wrong. On Wednesday January 21 st, officials from Metro and the National transportation Safety Board (NTSB) met with 13 congressional members from Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia to discuss ...
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