When you go to cross train tracks, it’s vitally important that you do so at the designated crossings. Accidents with trains have serious, often fatal, consequences. Crossing somewhere without the proper safety precautions in place is simply a risk never worth taking.
What are the main dangers to be aware of when I want to cross train tracks?
The first, and most obvious, danger when it comes to trying to cross train tracks safely is, of course, trains themselves. In a train accident with a pedestrian or vehicle, there are no winners. The vehicle will be destroyed and the train most likely derailed. Consequences of train accidents are serious, far-reaching and long-lasting.
Electrical accidents are another risk to consider when looking to cross train tracks. The overhead power cables have thousands of volts travelling through them. You don’t cross train tracks directly at a station, so don’t do it anywhere else.
How can I avoid the risk of accidents and injuries when I want to cross train tracks?
The solution to avoiding accidents when crossing train tracks is simple. Only use designated crossing areas and follow all the instructions.
For motorists, this means obeying the warning lights. Don’t try and sneak in under the barriers once they have started to move. Risking the life of yourself and others is not worth the minuscule time gain.
At stations and pedestrian crossings, always use bridges and other designated routes provided. Never ever try running across the tracks. Even if it means taking the long way round.
If you are involved in any kind of traffic accident, it can be worth remembering you may be due injury compensation.
How can I claim for injuries from level crossings or elsewhere on the road?
Whilst financial compensation can never fully remove the pain and worry of an accident on the road, it can provide a little comfort. For a successful road accident claim, you usually need to meet the following criteria:
- The accident occurred within the last three years
- The accident was a result of negligence or the fault of someone else
- A medical professional is able to confirm the accident caused the subsequent injuries
If your case meets all three, then call Accident Advice Helpline today. Our expert advisors are ready and waiting to offer you a no-obligation consultation. Dial 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: May 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice