According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a motorist is almost 20 times more likely to die in a crash involving a train than in a collision with another motor vehicle. In fact, a person or vehicle is hit by a train in the U.S. nearly every 2 hours, due to derailments, train-train collisions, train-car crashes, train-person accidents, and damage to property.
Aside from catastrophic injuries and severe property damage, figuring out liable parties and recovering compensation could get extremely complex in these types of accidents. Below we’ll discuss the steps to take after getting injured in a train accident:
- Get immediate medical attention: Train accidents typically involve severe or fatal injuries. If you can do so, call for medical treatment. Even if you’re miraculously left without a scratch, some injuries won’t show symptoms until hours or days later, so it’s important to still seek medical attention. Aside from the health benefits, going to see a doctor will ensure that your injuries are documented.
- Gather evidence: If you’re not able to, have someone preserve any evidence that you have, such as a dashcam video and your car.
- Contact your insurance: Let them know about the accident as soon as possible.
- Figure out who may be liable: A train accident isn’t as straightforward as a car wreck. The number of liable parties could be plentiful: the train company, the conductor, the track owner, another motor vehicle driver, or the train manufacturer.
- Hire a personal injury attorney: Since train accidents are so complex, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer to help you through the process. They can help you collect evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, hire an accident reconstructionist and other train-related experts, and help you draft up a strong personal injury claim.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a train accident, please contact our Connecticut train accident lawyers at Carter Mario Law Firm for help with your case. We can take legal action and file an injury claim in an effort to secure compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, damaged property, and pain and suffering.