While train travel in the UK is generally very safe, unfortunately accidents do sometimes happen. The rail company you are travelling with have a responsibility to keep passengers safe, even in dangerous weather conditions, so if you have been injured as a result of train accident, you may be able to claim for personal injury compensation.
Potential causes of train accidents
In stormy weather conditions, trees and other objects can often be blown onto the tracks, causing very serious train accidents. Maintenance personnel should be at hand, however, to constantly check the tracks and remove obstacles in bad weather conditions. Train tracks should also be kept as tidy and free from potential hazards as possible.
It’s only very rarely that a train will ever collide with another train, but it is still possible due to signalling or mechanical errors. People or vehicles on the tracks can also present a problem, especially at level crossings. Snow or ice, meanwhile, can cause a train to skid, just as a car can.
Injuries inside trains
Other than train accidents, it’s also possible to be injured by an unsafe environment inside the train itself. If spillages are left, passengers can easily slip, while exposed metal areas or sharp edges can cause cuts. If luggage areas are not designed properly, or passengers are allowed to place their luggage in the overhead compartments unsafely, then other passengers can be injured by falling luggage. Train personnel should be on hand to ensure that this doesn’t happen.
If you have been injured either by a train accident or by an unsafe environment inside a train, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. To find out more about this legal provision and to discuss your own personal situation, call the trained professional advisers at Accident Advice Helpline. We are a law firm which was set up to help people receive the compensation they are legally entitled to, and have been helping others like you for over thirteen years.
We are proud to be endorsed by consumer champion Esther Rantzen, who firmly believes that personal injury compensation can make life easier for victims of negligence. You’re under no obligation to make a claim simply by making a call, but if you choose to go ahead, we are most often able to do this with you over the phone and on a no win, no fee* basis. Call us today or complete our 30-second claim calculator online to find out more.
Date Published: November 22, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Train accident claim