It may not happen often, but arguably one of the worst accidents that could potentially happen on the London Underground system – or indeed any rail system across the country – would be falling onto Tube tracks. Given the volume of people travelling on the Underground daily, this is incredibly rare as it does not happen very often at all. However, if it should happen it could potentially have dangerous consequences for the injured person. Since the tracks are live and have an electric current running through them, there is the potential for electrocution to occur as well as receiving potential injuries from being run over by a train.
Fortunately Accident Advice Helpline and other similar companies have had very few calls from people or their loved ones regarding such incidents. The incredibly-high safety measures on the Underground mean this type of incident is very unlikely to take place at all. This is good to know for anyone who uses the system regularly or even occasionally.
Why might someone experience falling onto Tube tracks?
This could potentially occur if the platform has become overcrowded. Fortunately measures are in place to ensure this cannot happen. At some stations there are safety doors along the platform that ensure no one can get too close to the edge of the platform prior to the train arriving. However, there is the potential that it could occur from time to time if a set of circumstances made themselves present. For example someone else might push into someone from behind, causing them to fall down the gap between the train and the platform. Similarly someone might fall onto the tracks before the train arrives.
Seeking compensation for such an incident is quite common if the injured person was not at fault for the accident happening in the first place. If negligence can be seen to have been the case in any situation that occurs, there is a chance that compensation could be paid.
Staying safe while using the Underground
It is important to be aware of your surroundings and not to stand too close to the edge when you are using the Underground platforms. This can help keep you away from the potentially dangerous areas. There is a line behind which everyone should stand, and it is imperative that this is the case.
If you’ve experienced this type of accident, call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: May 12, 2015
Author: David Brown