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Mind the gap! Dangers on station platforms


We are all told from a very young age of the dangers of slips, trips and falls around the train station. The infamous yellow line that musn’t be crossed, a rail safety measure that is ever-so-rightly drilled into us from being small.

But why the need for such safety precautions at train stations?


Train station accidents and injuries

Simply put, not all trains stop at all platforms or stations. Therefore, if a passing freight train or passenger train is to go past the platform at high speed and someone is standing close to the platform edge, ‘back draft’ can drag the individual onto the railway line or knock them over where they stand.

Likewise, it is essential that passengers do not sit dangling their legs off the platform edge. As well as trains becoming quieter, music systems are becoming louder and just a small amount of insufficient vigilance could lead to severe rail-related injuries and even death.

It is also worth remembering when stepping on and off your carriage, that the gap between the train and the platform edge will differ from train to train and station to station. Be sure that you do ‘mind the gap’ to avoid falling or becoming stuck between the train and the platform.


Accidents on trains and at stations

While avoiding many of these type of incidents requires merely the common sense of the traveller, if you have been injured at a station on a train through no fault of your own, Accident Advice Helpline may be able to help you.

Specialising in personal injury claims, Accident Advice Helpline has years of experience and a team of solicitors on hand to ensure that your claim is in with the best chance of success.

By analysing just the basics of your claim, the legal firm can typically tell within seconds if it is likely that your claim will be successful.

Forget your money worries as well – justice doesn’t have to come with a hefty price tag. Accident Advice Helpline works on a ‘no win no fee‘ basis to ensure that claimants do not pay a penny unless their travel accident claim pays off.


Checking travel accident claim eligibility

If you are unsure whether or not your claim is likely to qualify, go online to Accident Advice Helpline’s website and fill in their ’30-second test™’. A qualified adviser will advise if your claim is worth pursuing, with no pressure to proceed. Call us free on 0800 689 5659, no-obligation advice about making a claim.