Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and partner
As recently reported by WTOP News, drivecam systems installed on WMATA Metrobuses are capturing shocking footage of traffic violations, numerous collisions, pedestrian accidents and near-misses caused by Metrobus drivers throughout the Washington, DC region. According to Ted Harris, Metro's acting superintendent of bus transportation, the video clips are typical on a regular basis and are used as "coachable moments." Harris indicated that part of the reason for the accidents is an attempt to stay on schedule. Bus drivers are punished depending on the severity of the violation and are rated over a 12-month period. Metro's position is that an attempt to stay on schedule is part of the reason for the accidents, but insists that Metrobus operators do drive safely. However, from other drivers' and riders' perspectives, Metro buses frequently create unnecessary dangers on the highways.
About the author:
Mr. Zambri is a Board-Certified Civil Trial Attorney and Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. The association has recently named him the " 2011 Trial Lawyer of the Year". He has been rated by Washingtonian magazine as a "Big Gun" and among the "top 1%" of all lawyers in the Washington metropolitan area. The magazine also describes him as "one of Washington's best--most honest and effective lawyers" who specializes in personal injury matters, including automobile accident claims, premises liability, product liability, medical malpractice, and work-accident claims. He has successfully litigated multiple cases against truck and bus companies, the Washington Metropolitan Area transit Authority, and other automobile owners. His law firm, in fact, has obtained the largest settlement ever in a personal injury case involving WMATA. Mr. Zambri has also been acknowledged as one of "The Best Lawyers in America" by Best Lawyers (2011 edition) and has been repeatedly named a "Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyer magazine (March/April 2010)-- national publications that honor the top lawyers in America.