Train Accident Attorneys

Train Accidents: Overview

Railroad and Train Accidents: Overview

  • Have you or a loved one been injured in a railroad or train accident?
  • Do not rely on insurance companies.
  • You are our top priority.

Call now for a private, free consultation at 612-377-7777 or 1-800-752-4265 (toll free).

We understand the hardship and loss that is suffered after a railroad or train accident involving serious injury or death.  Accident victims and families in the Upper Midwest, including Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota, rely on the experienced railroad and train accident attorneys at Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben to help them navigate the aftermath of difficult situations.


Any time a car or pedestrian is involved in a railroad or train accident the outcome is almost always tragic. According to the National Safety Council, each year approximately 4,000 train-vehicle collisions occur at railroad crossings. These 4,000 collisions result in about 400 fatalities and 1,100 injuries.

The most common types of train accidents include:

  • Collision with another train
  • Derailment
  • Collision with a car or other motor vehicle
  • Hitting a pedestrian

Train crashes and railroad crossing collisions can be caused by:

  • Aggressive driving - most collisions with cars are attributed to aggressive operation of a motor vehicle
  • Mechanical failure/negligence (e.g. brake failure) - usually a result of insufficient maintenance staff or funding for repairs
  • Heavy cargo loads – loads that are heavier than appropriate can result in derailment and other accidents
  • Defective railroad tracks
  • Unsafe fencing

Like other “carriers” (e.g. planes, buses) railroad companies must maintain strict safety standards and are ultimately responsible for passenger safety. Since many train accidents involve a government owned or operated company, railroad accident claims must comply with specific guidelines including strict time constraints for reporting injuries and filing law suits.


Do not accept any claim before you speak with an attorney.  Many large insurance companies have adopted settlement policies that encourage their adjusters to offer quick payments to persons involved in an accident.  Insurance adjusters will contact you or your family shortly after an accident to try to gain your confidence.  In doing so, insurance adjusters often try to present themselves as the friend of the injured person or the family of the person who was killed in an accident.  The goal of such contact is to settle the case on terms as favorable as possible for the insurance company. 


Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben is Minnesota’s largest personal injury law firm.  We maintain a national reputation for achieving substantial settlements and jury verdicts for our railroad and train accident clients.

Our success is attributed to the combination of experience, expertise, and exceptional dedication to the needs of every client.  Many accidents are caused by negligence, so it is imperative that anyone involved in an accident contact an experienced injury attorney.  Please remember that it is vital to act swiftly after you’ve been injured.  The sooner you involve a personal injury attorney, the better we will be able to preserve evidence, gather essential witnesses and address any other important factors.


  • Medical reimbursement
  • Payment for past and future income loss
  • Full compensation for pain and suffering
  • Peace of mind in knowing your financial interests are being protected


  • Same day, evening and weekend appointments
  • Home and hospital visits
  • Never a fee until we receive a settlement for you
  • We will go to trial if a fair settlement is not obtained
  • Serving Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota

Call the attorneys at Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben today at 612-377-7777 or toll free at 1-800-752-4265 for a free, no-obligation consultation regarding your case.