Riding the Metro escalator at L’Enfant Plaza in Washington, D.C. is a common occurrence and people typically do not expect that there would be any cause for concern. A recent personal injury accident, however, demonstrates the danger of poorly maintained escalators, or any other property for that matter.
According to NBC Washington, five people suffered injury while riding on a Metro escalator the morning of Tuesday, August 7, 2012, at L’Enfant Plaza. Metro reported that a person’s garment or bag got caught on the side of the escalator, which caused them to lose their balance and fall, which then led to others also losing their balance and falling. Three of the five injured victims were taken to a local hospital for treatment of cuts and scrapes while the other two were treated at the scene. According to some eyewitness statements, Metro’s report of the incident is not accurate.
Witness statements submitted to NBC Washington claimed that a woman was tripped by a large metal piece of the escalator that had caught her leg, tripping her. This then caused other riders to lose their balance and fall over. The piece of metal had even reached over the middle escalator until it was pushed back by customers so that the other escalator could still be used. It took a few minutes before a Metro employee actually arrived on the scene.
Every property owner/manager and/or their maintenance crew are responsible for the proper working order of their premises. If negligent maintenance or repair contributes to an injury accident, then the responsible party may be held liable. The knowledgeable Washington D.C. premises liability attorneys at Alpert Schreyer are committed to holding at-fault parties accountable and obtaining fair compensation for those injured by their negligence. To speak to one of our attorneys, call us for a consultation at (844) 632-7274.