As traffic accidents go, few have the potential to wreak the level of havoc and catastrophic devastation as a train accident.
Travel accident compensation can be a welcome and much-needed safety net in terms of recovering from an accident on the railway, but that doesn’t lessen the traumatic impact of the event itself.
Fortunately, train derailments are rare, particularly in comparison to other forms of traffic accidents, which is why they hit the headlines when they do tragically strike.
Accidents with trains can be caused by a variety of factors. These include, but are by no means limited to, the following:
– Mechanical faults with the train itself
– Signalling failures
– Outside interferences, such as people or cars on the line
– Weather conditions
The last cause on the above list is perhaps the one that humans have the least chance of controlling. Often, the only safe solution is to cancel services altogether.
Weather conditions causing accidents
However frustrating delays and cancellations may be, they pale into insignificance when compared with the consequences of a weather-induced train accident.
So, what kind of weather conditions have the potential to cause an accident on the rails? Well, if you picture the climate when most delays occur, then you should find the answer.
Wind: Problems are caused by strong winds, usually not because of the weather itself, but because of its consequences. Trees on the line, for a example, are a common result of blustery conditions and can cause serious railway accidents.
Rain: Obviously a normal drizzle is not all that problematic to deal with, but when the heavens open and the downpour continues, complications can arise.
As well as flooding, persistent rainfall can create slick tracks which means drivers have to take extra care. Furthermore, slippery conditions make platforms increasingly hazardous and dangerous for passengers who have to exercise great care to avoid slips and falls.
Snow: The most interfering of all treacherous weathers, snowfall causes havoc throughout the British transport network.
As well as slippery, frozen tracks, piles of snow also make it impossible for trains to pass, while icy platforms are also extremely dangerous.
If you suffer injuries whilst travelling on a train, Accident Advice Helpline can help you win the travel accident compensation you deserve.
With over 13 years’ experience in personal injury claims, including injuries at work as well as road traffic accidents, they are usually able to settle out of court.
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