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FRA Database File
9.11 - Legal Notice
49 U.S.C. §20903. Reports not evidence in civil actions for damages.
"No part of an accident or incident report filed by a railroad carrier under section 20901 of this title [49 U.S.C. 20901] or made by the Secretary of Transportation under section 20902 of this title [49 U.S.C. 20902] may be used in a civil action for damages resulting from a matter mentioned in the report."
Code of Federal Regulations 49 Part 225.7
Public examination and use of reports.
(B) 49 U.S.C. 20903 provides that monthly reports filed by railroads under 225.11 may not be admitted as evidence or used for any purpose in any action for damages growing out of any matters mentioned in these monthly reports. The Employee Human Factor Attachment, Notice, and Employee supplement under 225.12 are part of the reporting railroads's accident report to FRA pursuant to the 49 U.S.C. 20901 and, as such, shall not "be admitted as evidence or used for any purpose in any suit or action for damages growing out of any matter mentioned in said report ***.
" 49 U.S.C. 20903