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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

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    What are the most common accidents at the train station?


    Slips, trips and falls are by far the most common accidents at the train station. In many cases, injuries by tripping or slipping are the result of discarded litter or luggage, wet flooring due to poor weather conditions or insufficiently cleared spills. Trips and falls on crowded stairways and escalators are also fairly common, especially during peak times, when passengers in a hurry tend to be less careful in terms of their own safety and that of others.

    Other common accidents at the train station

    While less common than injuries by slips, falls or trips, other common train station or train related accidents include:

    • Injuries by hot food or drinks or food poisoning in food outlets at stations or buffet cars on trains
    • Defective doors closing on passengers or trapping items of clothing
    • Damaged seating or exposed sharp edges, both at stations and on trains, causing personal injuries

    For railway workers, common accidents at the train station also include industrial diseases such as, for instance, vibration white finger, occupational deafness and (among those exposed to asbestos in previous years) asbestos-related diseases.

    Less common accidents at the train station

    Then, of course, there is the risk of train derailments or crashes. Fortunately far less common than, say, injuries by tripping, slipping or falling. Derailments and train crashes can be caused by:

    • People or objects on tracks
    • Damaged tracks
    • Weather conditions (in particular ice and snow)
    • Mechanical problems with train wheels, trains or signals
    • Collisions with other vehicles or trains
    • Problems at level crossings

    Level crossing accidents are often caused by vehicles getting stuck (breaking down) on crossings; vandals parking vehicles on crossings or drivers ignoring warning signals.

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    Consequences of train station incidents

    Injuries sustained by accidents on railway stations can vary significantly in severity and range from minor abrasions, cuts or bruises to broken limbs, severe lacerations or concussions. Depending on the type of accident, personal injuries may even be life-changing or fatal.

    Right to claim compensation

    If you sustained injuries by train station accident as the result of someone else’s misconduct, error or negligence, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation.

    Making your claim

    Claims for passenger injury compensation must be brought forward within no more than three years of the fall, slip or trip or other accident responsible for the injury. To ensure your Accident Advice Helpline solicitor has sufficient time to get the claim process started within this period, call us now on one of the following numbers (for landline and mobile calls respectively): 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993.

    Date Published: December 9, 2015

    Author: David Brown

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