What injured passengers should do while the investigation ensues, and what benefits you’re entitled
This is our third train accident that we have been involved with, and there are certain lessons that it holds for Michigan lawyers who are starting to receive calls from people who were injured on the train. The most important lesson is patience. Unlike a car accident, where an investigation is performed immediately, and a UD-10 is available sometimes within hours, accident investigators are expecting that this train derailment investigation could take months. For all the people sent to the hospital and seeking medical attention, that’s a long time to wait.
According to the Detroit Free Press, it is believed the Amtrak train found its way onto the wrong set of tracks, causing the train to become unstable, missing a head-on collision with another freight train by a mere 20 feet and derailing.
While the investigation might still take months, any passengers who might have been injured should seek medical treatment immediately. It is important to not wait too long if you’ve been hurt.
Here are some prior tips I have given from prior train accidents and derailments where we have been retained to help people injured on the train collect medical benefits and wage loss.
Also, traumatic events such as a train event can be confusing and even overwhelming for those involved, especially considering the little information that accident victims have. Many medical offices will be reluctant to extend treatment. We encourage you to seek advice and clarification from an attorney as soon as possible.
To receive a free consultation and information on what your legal rights and responsibilities might be following this crash, please contact our attorneys at Michigan Auto Law at (800) 777-0028.