An accident can happen at any time and any place, and those who regularly commute to and from work during rush hour are particularly exposed to the risks and dangers of travelling. In this article, Accident Advice Helpline takes an in-depth look at some of the accidents suffered by those who commute by rail during rush hour.
Rail accidents during rush hour
Thankfully, rail collisions and fatalities are relatively uncommon. Although there have been several tragic rail accidents over the years, recent increases in safety protocol and equipment has meant a significant decrease in rail collisions. In this article, we take a look mainly at the accidents that can happen in and around the train station.
We’ve all tried to make a dash for the train. It’s not easy to try and time your connecting transport and traffic can sometimes frustrate your best efforts to be punctual at the station, and it’s a common sight to see people at the station, sprinting in order to make their train, often carrying heavy luggage. This puts them at particular risk of slipping, tripping and falling.
Standing over the yellow line
The yellow line is there for a reason and its importance cannot be overstated. There a number of reasons why people stand over the yellow line, including trying to get as close to the train as possible in order to be the first on board and guarantee a seat. If a through train were to be travelling at speed it can create an air pocket, akin to a large gust of wind and may cause you to fall over, or worse – onto the tracks. Any long garments may become entangled in a halting train and it is important not to step over the yellow line until the train has come to a complete stop.
Trains rarely offer safety belts, and in the event of the train suddenly coming to a stop, it is quite possible to suffer a serious case of whiplash.
If you’ve been involved in an accident, either at the train station or when travelling with the train itself, within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, then you may be entitled to claim compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information. Lines are open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 and all claims are made on a 100% no win, no fee basis.
Date Published: January 13, 2014
Author: David Brown