As accidents on trains go, none induce a sense of horror as much as the thought of collisions. Mercifully, this catastrophic form of traffic accident is extremely rare. Because of this, when they do occur, the images and reports dominate the news, and often hundreds of victims are due travel accident compensation.
Causes of train collisions
While they may be both sporadic and infrequent, the unlikely event of train collisions still need to be considered when discussing train accidents. They can be caused by a number of things, including:
– Signal failure at a previous point in the journey resulting in trains either being on the same track or going too fast.
– Problems at level crossings, such as a car either ignoring the signs or getting stuck. This leads to a traffic accident which another train may not be able to stop in time to avoid.
– Mechanical problems within the train meaning the brakes cannot be deployed properly.
The consequent injuries from travelling that arise in the aftermath of a train collision are very rarely superficial or light. They are far more likely to be physically debilitating or, at worst, fatal.
The ease of train travel, especially when compared to the level of alertness needed, for example, when driving a car, can lull passengers into a deeply relaxed or distracted state.
Often, their focus is on doing work, reading, and listening to or watching things on electronic devices. Whilst it is unrealistic to expect people to be on high alert at all times when travelling by train, train accidents often require quick reactions to limit the impact.
Obviously, this is difficult when passengers are immersed in something else. Collisions with trains are sudden and unexpected, and unprepared passengers can suffer serious travel injuries.
The immediate aftermath of a serious accident on the rails can be traumatic. However, consequences of train accidents are likely to reach far into the future.
Aside from physical injuries, there is the mental and emotional side of the turmoil to consider. Fear of travel is a common result of being involved in a train accident.
Fortunately, Accident Advice Helpline is available to help you start to get back on your feet, should you wish to claim for travel accident compensation.
This can represent an important step on the road to recovery, and their professional team of advisers offer support and guidance while working on a no win, no fee* basis.
To discuss your claim with a member of Accident Advice Helpline’s expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 15, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Train accident claim