If you’ve been involved in a train crash or derailment, you may have been lucky enough to escape with minor injuries such as cuts, bruises or broken bones. However, if you have been more seriously injured due to negligence, you may be considering claiming for compensation. In either of these situations, you could be eligible to claim, providing you can prove that someone else was responsible for the accident – in this case, generally the rail company or the train driver.
Common causes of crashes
There are many common causes of crashes and derailments, and despite the safety measures put in place to protect passengers when travelling on the rail network, these sorts of accidents do happen. Here are some of the more common causes:
- Object or person on the line – sometimes train accidents can be caused by people throwing themselves in front of the train
- Signalling failures
- Vehicle on the line such as a car or maintenance vehicle
- Failure with the train’s controls – this can happen if the train has not been properly checked and inspected
- Damage to track
- Snow, wind, ice, fog or other extreme weather conditions
- Collision with another train
If you’ve been injured and suffered as a result – perhaps you’ve had to pay for expensive treatment – then you should contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your claim for compensation in more detail.
Making a claim after a train crash
If you decide to go ahead and claim for compensation, or simply decide you need more information on the claims process, your first step should be to call Accident Advice Helpline. Whilst you usually have three years to make your claim, you should call us as soon as possible after your train crash or derailment – the events will still be fresh in your mind and it will be easier for us to gather the evidence we need. You should keep receipts of all expenses incurred relating to your injury, such as travel to medical appointments and the cost of any prescription medication. We may also need to see evidence relating to your employment if you’re claiming loss of earnings.
We’re recommended by our patron Esther Rantzen, so you know we’ll handle your claim discreetly and professional; our 100% no win, no fee service means you won’t need to worry about expensive legal fees up front. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 and see what our team of professional personal injury compensation specialists can do for you.