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Washington DC Metro Train Crash Raises Issues About Commuter Train Safety


Traverse Legal, PLC has been retained by victims of the Washington DC Metro train accident. Traverse Legal attorneys are in the process of investigating the Washington Metro commuter train crash, which occurred on June 22, 2009 at approximately 5:00 p.m. EST on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Red Line between the Takoma and Fort Totten Metrorail stations. There is already information that the trains in-question were two month over due for regular maintenance on their break systems, that the WMATA had ignored warnings from the National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA) to replace these “series 1000” trains because they were outdated and no longer considered crashworthy. These commuter trains are operated by computers. It is unclear how the automated stop systems failed to activate or preclude this rear-end collision which killed 9 train passengers and injured dozens of others. This is the second serious commuter train accident in the last twelve months. A Los Angeles Metro Link commuter train outside of Los Angeles, California on September 12, 2008 killed 25 and injured many more.

In an effort to help Washington Metro crash victims understand their legal rights, Traverse Legal, PLC has launched a Washington Metro Train Accident Investigation website and a Metro Accident Victim FAQ, so that train passengers can understand their legal rights.

Attorney Enrico Schaefer noted, “This is the second commuter train tradegy in the last year. A Los Angeles Metrolink commuter train late last year crashed into another train, killing 25 and injuring many more when the safety systems failed to stop the train and the train operator was using his cell phone.”

For more information, contact Mass Tort Attorney Enrico Schaefer at 866.936.7447 or


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