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Roadway Conditions to be Investigated After Metrobus Collides into Parked Vehicles, Injures Victims

By: Allan M. Siegel

A Metrobus accident that shut down the 600 block of H Street NW, Sunday afternoon and injured several victims may have been caused by a defect in road construction, officials are reporting. According to authorities, the incident occurred at the intersection of 7th and H Streets NW, near Gallery Place, when a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) bus crashed into parked vehicles and a motorcycle, and almost struck a building. Eight passengers aboard the bus were transported to a local hospital.

At the time of the crash, the WMATA bus was traveling over a steel plate meant to cover a hole created by roadway construction. That plate gave way under the weight of the bus, causing it to jackknife and make contact with vehicles parked on the side of the street. Photos from the accident scene show the steel plate had been covering a hole roughly half the width of the lane.

Officials from Metro have indicated that the crash appeared to have been caused by a defect in road construction, and are conducting further investigations into how and why the steel plate failed to support the weight of the bus.

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As the investigation continues, it will be critical for public officials to look into whether Sunday’s accident could have been prevented. Their focus will likely fall on who was responsible for performing work on that area of roadway, whether proper precautions were taken to cover the open hole, and whether standards and regulations were followed.

In accidents involving public entities, including both WMATA and the agency or contractor responsible for the roadway construction, post-crash investigations are essential to public safety. They also provide the information and evidence victims need should it be discovered that negligence played a role. If there were critical errors made that resulted in the roadway defect, for example, victims may be able to pursue personal injury claims against the at-fault party and a recovery of their damages.

As a law firm with extensive experience representing clients harmed in public transportation accidents, including bus accidents and train accidents, Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. is available to help victims injured in this incident. Because cases involving publicly operated transit and local governments responsible for roadway conditions entail unique legal concerns, they demand the attention of proven attorneys who understand the laws and liability involved.

If you have questions regarding your rights as a victim, contact our firm for a FREE and confidential consultation. Our nationally recognized personal injury lawyers serve clients throughout Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia.