Two major train accidents, in the space of two weeks, in the summer may have caused some people to question the safety of travelling by train. In July, a major incident occurred when a train derailed in Santiago de Compostela in Spain, just two weeks after a train crash near Paris. If you’ve been involved in a train accident abroad, you may be eligible to claim travel accident compensation.
Types of travel accidents
When you travel abroad, the last thing you want is to get caught up in an accident or fall ill, but unfortunately, travel accidents are fairly common. Examples of travel accidents include:
- swimming pool incidents and drowning
- slips and trips
- food poisoning
- road traffic accidents
- transport accidents including cruise ship accidents, train, and bus collisions
Causes of train accidents
Statistically, you are much more likely to be involved in a car crash than a train accident, but the truth is that train accidents do happen. The most common causes of train accidents include:
- mechanical failure
- human error – this may include signalling errors and driver errors
- damaged tracks
- obstructions in the track
- people on the track
- hazardous weather conditions
Damaged tracks can cause a train to derail, which can have very serious consequences. It is important for rail operators to maintain tracks, carry out regular checks, and address any problems in order to reduce the risk of injuries on the tracks.
What should I do if I’ve been involved in a travel accident involving damaged tracks?
If you’ve been injured overseas in an incident, which wasn’t your fault, you may be eligible for personal injury compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for information or advice, or visit the website to take the simple 30-second eligibility test. The firm’s expert lawyers will do all the hard work for you, and most of the information required can be gathered over the telephone.Open Claim Calculator
If you’ve been in an accident, take down all the details of the location, time, date, and write down exactly what happened. Ask people around you for contact details so that they can provide a witness statement, and seek medical attention.
Accident Advice Helpline has been in business for 13 years and the firm has an excellent track record in handling a broad spectrum of claims, from work accident compensation to car crash claims.