Due the hustle and bustle of common commute times on public transport, it is not rare to witness a public accident, such as slips, trips and falls on trains, metro or bus services. Accidents on the tube are also common, which will come as no surprise if you consider that it serves an impressive 1,229 million people each year. Sustaining public transport commute injuries is a very real, contemporary danger.
Common public transport injuries
Common public transport injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Sprains and strains
- Head injuries
Whether you have sustained an injury due to slips and trips on the train or tube, or because of a sudden braking incident, if you were not to blame for the accident that caused your injury, you might be entitled to claim personal injury compensation.
Who is to blame for my public transport accident?
It could be that another passenger has caused your public transport accident, or perhaps you believe the driver has been negligent in his legal duty to protect your health and safety during your commute.
When this legal duty of care isn’t met by the transport company, if you can provide evidence that proves the negligence that caused the accident in question, it is likely that the company will be found liable for the injury and distress you have suffered.
How to strengthen a claim
For an increased chance of success, it is important to collate evidence that will provide the foundation for a robust case.
At the time of the accident, remain calm and collected, where possible:
- Take photographs of the issue that caused your public transport injury, as well as any injuries you have sustained.
- Gather personal details, such as addresses and telephone numbers for any individuals who witnessed the event and would be willing to give their account, if needed.
- Keep a record of any medical attention you received at the scene of the public transport accident.
Following the incident, always ensure that your injuries are documented by a GP service or hospital to strengthen your medical history, whether you have slipped on wet flooring or sustained whiplash.
Claiming compensation for your public transport accident
If you have been injured on public transport and believe you are not to blame, our law firm, Accident Advice Helpline, can help you seek out the compensation you deserve for the harm you have suffered.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for a free initial consultation regarding the specifics of your case, with no pressure to pursue your claim following the call.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice