Thousands of people travel by train every day in the UK; whether you’re commuting to work, travelling to see friends or family or venturing out into the great outdoors, here are some common accidents on the train, such as slips, trips and falls, to try and avoid:
Five of the most common accidents on the train
Statistically, travelling by train is very safe but there is always a risk of accidents. Here are five of the most common accidents on the train:
- Slips and trips: whether you’re rushing to get a train and navigating your way through crowded platforms or you’re wandering around trying to find a seat, there’s always a risk of slips and trips on the platform and once you climb aboard. Watch out for obstructions, such as luggage and items of clothing in the aisles and take extra care when it’s wet, as the platforms and train steps may be slippery.
- Falls: travelling by train carries a risk of falling down steps and falling off the platform edge; keep well back from the warning line and take care when going up and down steps, especially if it’s wet or the station is very busy.
- Food and drink injuries: a sudden stop, high speeds and winding rails can all increase the risk of food and drink injuries, such as burns and scalds. Take care with hot drinks and try to avoid walking around carrying drinks or hot food.
- Injuries caused by defective furnishings and equipment: injuries, such as cuts and lacerations, may be caused by damaged seats or broken doors, for example. If you do sustain an injury in a public place, such as a train or station, report the incident to the guard or station manager.
- Falling objects: many people store their luggage in overhead compartments and bags may move around during the journey; if you stop suddenly or somebody moves one bag, this may cause luggage to fall down, which may injure another passenger.
Claiming compensation for an accident on the train
If you’ve had an accident in a public place, such as a train station, or you’ve been involved in a train accident, you may be able to claim public liability compensation. If you have evidence to support the claim that the incident was not your fault and your public place accident occurred within the last 3 years, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown