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Washington, DC Train Accident Lawyer – Wrongful Death and Injury Cases

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Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. represents individuals and families who have suffered harm in accidents involving trains and public transit, including Amtrak and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), or Metro. If you or a loved one has been injured in a train accident - or if you have lost a family member in a fatal accident - our team of nationally recognized wrongful death and personal injury lawyers are prepared to guide you through the legal process and fight for the compensation you deserve.


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We have successfully litigated a number of these cases and are available to represent victims harmed in a wide range of train accidents, including those involving:

  • Train crashes and derailments
  • Negligent maintenance of train equipment
  • Negligent maintenance of escalators and platforms
  • Mechanical failures
  • Safety violations
  • Inadequate emergency standards
  • Amtrak and Metro Accidents

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Experience with Train Accident Litigation

Our firm has extensive experience litigating train accident cases, including cases against WMATA (Metro), Amtrak, and CSX transportation. We have represented victims from almost every major catastrophic train accident that has occurred in the District of Columbia area over the last decade.

Below are examples of train accident cases we have handled:

  • We successfully handled a wrongful death case on behalf of the family of one of the individuals that died in the June 22, 2009 crash involving two Red Line Washington Metro trains near the Fort Totten Metro station. Partners Joe Cammarata and Allan M. Siegel served on the steering committee for the multi-party litigation that resulted following this tragic case. The Fort Totten Red Line crash resulted in nine deaths, and is the deadliest crash in the history of the Washington Metro.
  • We successfully represented a victim involved in a 2004 Metro train crash in Woodley Park Metro station in which the colliding train climbed on the roof of the other train, sheering the aluminum shell off one of the cars. The crash resulted in the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommending that Metro retire its older railcars and replace them with more crashworthy cars, or improve collision protection of older railcars. Victims of the crash were able to recover compensation for their physical injuries and the emotional suffering they endured as a result of being involved in such a traumatic event.
  • Our firm represented a victim injured in the 2002 Amtrak derailment in Kensington, Maryland and obtained compensation for both her physical and emotional injuries.
  • Our lawyers successfully resolved a case on behalf of a client injured in the 1996 derailment of a MARC Train in Silver Spring, Maryland. The collision was caused by negligence of the crew and resulted in the creation of comprehensive federal rules for passenger car design and operating rules.

Discuss Your Case with a Proven DC Injury Lawyer


The laws governing train accidents are highly complex and it takes sophisticated representation from an accident attorney to provide you with the greatest likelihood of success in your claim. Our legal team will investigate every aspect of the accident to ensure you get fair compensation for your injuries. Our attention to detail will ensure that no aspect of your case will be overlooked, and that train companies are held fully accountable for its failures to maintain a safe system for its passengers.

We represent clients throughout the DC metro area and have offices in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC.

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