If you’re gearing up for a foreign adventure, setting off on a gap year or preparing to explore new shores, you may be planning to use a host of different modes of transport, including overnight train services. In expansive countries, such as the USA and Australia, overnight services run regularly and they offer an inexpensive and fairly quick means of getting from A to B. For those planning to enjoy a sleep while they travel, here are some simple steps to decrease the risk of travel accidents.
Staying safe on an overnight train
Overnight train services are a great way to travel around, but as with all train journeys, there are risks involved. Train accidents are very uncommon and you’re much more likely to be involved in a road accident overseas than you are a train accident; however, accidents on trains do happen and it’s a good idea to be wary of the potential risks. Here are some easy ways to reduce the risk of injuries abroad while travelling by overnight train:
- take care not to hurry at the station and look out for warning signs, hazards and obstructions, which may increase the risk of slips, trips and falls
- keep your valuables with you at all times and place your bag in secure locker or in a baggage rack close to your seat
- be careful when walking down the aisles when the train is moving, as it can jolt about and you may slip or trip
- keep moving on long journeys; try to get up and stretch your legs every half an hour to boost your circulation
- stay hydrated to prevent travel sickness
- keep exits and aisles clear so that people can get out in the event of an accident
- familiarise yourself with safety information so that you know what to do in the unlikely event of an emergency
If you’ve been involved in an accident abroad and you believe that you may have a case for travel accident compensation, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to make a successful personal injury claim.
If you were involved in a train crash, which was caused by driver negligence, for example, contact Accident Advice Helpline on Freephone number 0800 689 0500, and let our expert injury lawyers do all the hard work for you. The public liability payout you are awarded could help to cover unexpected travel and medical costs and most clients never have to go to court.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice