London’s transport network is both varied and exhaustive. From the Underground network to black cabs, red buses and the infamous ‘Boris Bikes’ it is as innovative as it is advantageous and is hugely beneficial to the city.
However, it is also an absolute minefield to negotiate, particularly for new or irregular visitors. Rush hour in London, in particular, is a time when the chance of a public slip, trip, or fall and suffering a serious personal injury is extremely high.
How can I avoid making a personal injury claim while travelling in rush hour in London?
The busiest times to travel through London is between 7-9 in the morning and 5-7 in the evening. If you have to travel during these times, these safety tips can help make your journey as pain-free as possible.
- Plan your journey: A myriad of up to date information is available in various forms with regard to the state of public transport and traffic in the capital. Keeping abreast of this information is vital to the success of your journey. A back-up route is also advisable.
- Be aware of your surroundings: This is especially important when driving in rush hour in London. A road traffic accident may not only cause serious injury to yourself and others but can cause severe delays for other motorists. Similarly, cyclists need to constantly be on the lookout to avoid nasty cycling accidents.
- Use public transport if possible. The carriages on the train will be crowded and it may well be standing room only on the buses, but they will, in all likelihood get you to your destination quicker. Cars not only have to pay the congestion charge, but are at the mercy of other motorists. Where the traffic is always so busy, a car accident seems inevitable.
- Act smart on the tube: Stopping in the middle of a fast moving throng of people is as dangerous as it is irritating for others, so try to know where you are going. Always let people off the train before getting on and never run – another train will be along in a minute and it’s not worth suffering a public fall.
What if I suffer a road traffic accident or fall during rush hour?
If the accident wasn’t your fault then you could well be due some injury compensation. A quick call to Accident Advice Helpline can help establish the validity of your case.