Q: Do I have to give a statement?
A: Every railroad requires you to report an accident, and how you report an accident is very, very important. Once you report an accident, you normally do not have to give a statement. Often, a railroad claim agent will call or personally visit and ask for a recorded statement. You do not have to give the claim agent a statement. Remember, the claim agent is trained to get information from you that will help the railroad and hurt your case, no matter how friendly they may appear. You can do substantial damage to your case giving a statement without consulting a lawyer first. Remember, you can talk to John Harris before giving a statement without any obligation and make sure your rights are preserved if you feel you have to give a statement.