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 by the Federal Transit Administration (“FTA”), the Metro system is plagued by numerous safety violations, endangering both passengers and employees. For example, inspectors found:
- Emergency walkways blocked by construction debris;
- Non-functioning fire extinguishers;
- Non-functioning emergency power shut-off switches;
- Emergency and safety signage covered in filth;
- Train operators violating speed restrictions
The FTA was recently granted oversight authority over the Metro rail system. It remains to be seen whether this federal intervention will be enough to fix Metro’s broken safety culture.
Attorneys With a Proven Record in Train Accident Cases
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. has a proven record representing victims and families affected by train accidents across Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Having successfully handled numerous cases involving Metro and other carriers, we are highly familiar with the types of violations and the forms of negligence that can lead to serious collisions.
By taking a stand on behalf of injured victims, we not only ensure these victims recover the compensation they deserve, but also that train operators and others are held accountable for failing to keep passengers safe. If you have questions about injuries sustained during a train accident and how our lawyers can help you pursue legal action, contact us to schedule a free consultation.