Trying to retrieve something you have dropped on train tracks is not a good idea. Here is why.
Reasons never to try to retrieve something you have dropped on train tracks
There are several reasons why you should never try to retrieve something you have dropped on train tracks:
- First, the drop between the platform edge and the tracks is further than you may think. Jumping down could easily cause you to sprain or even break an ankle.
- Even if you make the jump without sustaining a personal injury, getting back from the track onto the platform is far more difficult than it was to get down there. Should you be caught still on the track when a train pulls into the station, the consequences of being hit by a train could be life-changing, even fatal.
Then, of course, there is the risk of injury by electrocution. Many train tracks are electrified. The so-called ‘third rail’ system used on many tracks carries a voltage of 600 to 750 V DC, which can cause serious, potentially fatal injuries.
Falling onto tracks
Crowded platforms, people in a hurry to get from A to B and the notorious gap between train doors and platforms can cause you to trip and fall onto the tracks. If you were injured in a railway accident of this kind, or indeed any other train-related accident, you may qualify for railway injury compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline
We have over 15 years’ worth of experience in getting people injured by railway accidents the compensation their accidental injuries entitle them to. This means we have all the skills and know-how to:
- Offer you helpful train accident advice
- Get you the compensation due to you fast
You can get no-obligation railway accident advice and ask for one of our expert in-house solicitors to be assigned to your personal injury case by calling our freephone helpline and discussing your train or station accident with one of our sympathetic advisors.
Our helpline numbers
You can call our helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week from any UK landline or your mobile phone. The number to call from a landline is 0800 689 0500. If you are using your mobile to call, you should dial 0333 500 0993. Either way, any information you provide during your call will be kept strictly confidential and you will be under no obligation to go ahead with a claim.
Date Published: May 2, 2017
Author: Accident Advice