Train Accidents: What should I do?

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Train Accident: What Should I Do?


  • Insist that a report be filed with the police, sheriff or state highway patrol.
  • Obtain names, addresses and telephone numbers of all witnesses.
  • Photograph the accident scene, including all vehicles involved and any visible injuries (cuts, bruises).
  • Do not talk to anyone about the accident or injuries other than your personal physician or lawyer. Don’t sign anything without consulting a lawyer. Truthful statements you make in an attempt to be helpful can easily be misinterpreted and turned against you.
  • Tell your physician or surgeon exactly how the injury occurred, and describe all symptoms and complaints. Be sure to report memory problems, confusion or disorientation, however minor these things may seem at the time. Begin keeping a diary of how the injury or death affects your life. In particular, write down all medical related visits and everything that causes you physical pain, frustration or worry. Obtain and keep receipts for all expenses relating to the collision.
  • Contact Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben immediately following a train accident at 1-800-752-4265 to learn your legal rights and receive the just compensation you deserve.