Train accidents are uncommon, but this is not to say that they don’t happen. If you’re travelling by train, there are certain hazards to be wary of both at the station and while you’re en route to your destination. Here are some potential accidents, from slips, trips and falls to train crashes, which may occur on the British National Rail network.
Accidents at the station
Slips and trips are the most common type of public place accident and there are plenty of hazards, which may cause you to lose your balance, trip over or fall in a train station. Slippery floors and spillages, uneven steps and obstacles, such as suitcases and umbrellas, blocking stairways and doorways, are just some of the problems you may encounter. At the station, it can get crowded and there are often people rushing around trying desperately to make their train; hurrying increases the risk of falls in a public place, so try to give yourself lots of time if you’re planning a journey.
Accidents on the train
Train accidents are much less common than road traffic accidents and travelling by train is one of the safest modes of transport. Possible incidents, which may occur while you are on the train include:
- injuries sustained as a result of a collision on the tracks or a train crash
- whiplash caused by the train having to brake suddenly; this may occur if there is a pedestrian on the line, for example
- burns and scalds caused by hot food and drinks spillages
- slips and trips in the aisles and doorways
- collisions with vehicles at a level crossing
- loss of control and driver error
Can I claim compensation for a train accident?
If you have sustained injuries as a result of a train accident or a fall in a public place, such as a train station, and you were not to blame, you could have a case for personal injury compensation.
If you suffered a public place slip or trip due to a wet floor which was not clearly marked or you were injured in a crash which was caused by negligence on the part of the driver, call Accident Advice Helpline on Freephone number, 0800 689 0500, to discuss the details of your accident claim with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Our firm operates a no-win no-fee* policy, and the process is designed to be completely stress-free.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice