As traffic accidents go, few have consequences as serious, expensive, and far reaching as train crashes and accidents.
Having to claim for travel accident compensation is something nobody wants to have to do, as a serious accident needs to have occurred first. However, the financial recompense for suffering injuries whilst travelling can be a vitally important step on the road to recovery.
Train travel is one of the most popular methods of transport in the United Kingdom. On the whole, it is extremely safe. Whilst delays and cancellations occur far more often then any of us would like, serious train accidents are thankfully rare.
Compared to driving a car, using a train is far more relaxing. There is no need for constant awareness of other motorists or other potential hazards. Whilst a driver is always on the lookout for a potential road traffic accident, a passenger on a train can relax, read a book, listen to music, watch something, and switch off.
However, when it comes to reacting to accidents on a train, this relaxed state can be problematic. Though trains, as mentioned, are generally safe, accidents can still occur.
Mechanical issues with trains can cause accidents
One of the most common causes of accidents and subsequent injuries on trains are mechanical issues with the vehicle itself.
The mechanical issues or faults can lie within the electronic systems of the train, or can take the form of a physical problem such as connections to the wheels or between the carriages.
Whatever the problem, the safety of everyone on-board is imperative and the responsibility of the train operators.
It is therefore of little surprise to learn that trains are subject to regular, comprehensive and stringent inspections to ensure that they are in good working order and the likelihood of mechanical issues, and hence train accidents occurring and travelling injuries being suffered by those aboard, has been minimised as far as possible.
Victims of accidents on trains may well be able to make a travel accident claim. Accident Advice Helpline offer professional, impartial guidance for personal injury claims and have been doing so for over 13 years.
A number of their key benefits include:
– A quick claims advice calculator on their website to establish the validity of your accident claim.
– A freephone advice line available 24/7 on 0800 689 0500.
– No obligation to continue with your claim after the initial consultation.
– The recommendation of renowned consumer champion, Esther Rantzen.
– The ability and experience to usually settle out of court.
Date Published: December 15, 2013
Author: David Brown