Subrogation Attorneys Achieve Settlement in DC Metrorail Accident Case
In June 2009, two passenger trains operating as part of the Washington, DC Metrorail system collided, resulting in nine deaths and many serious injuries. The property insurer for Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA) retained White and Williams to investigate the accident and pursue subrogation claims for damage to rail cars and other property and business loss. The subrogation investigation was delayed while the National Transportation Safety Board conducted an investigation and while WMATA conducted its own investigation in the defense of wrongful death and personal injury claims. Eventually, the investigations revealed that there were four parties responsible for the accident, including WMATA. Despite the fact that Washington, DC is a contributory negligence jurisdiction (1% means no recovery), Peter Parashes and Bill Schmidt were able to achieve a settlement for the client under a confidential agreement after a lengthy mediation.