According to UK law, any employee who suffers a personal injury at work due to the negligent conduct of his or her employer is entitled to claim compensation. Similarly to other workers, train drivers must be protected from harm. For this reason, their employers can implement a series of preventative measures, such as training staff appropriately, applying adequate occupational health and safety procedures to ensure a safe work environment, and providing personal protective equipment. If you have been injured whilst working as a train driver despite the preventive measures adopted by your employer, you can file a train driver accident claim against the company responsible for your injuries within three years from the date of the accident.
Common accidents involving train drivers
Almost anything can happen on a railway line. Train drivers, along with other railway workers and travellers, are exposed to a series of risks, ranging from trips, slips and falls to train collisions. While some things can be prevented, others are unavoidable, leading to serious injuries and even death.
Claiming compensation for the injuries you have sustained is not always a straightforward process. If you have suffered ligament and cartilage damage to your knee as a result of a slip caused by an icy ramp, for instance, you may have a valid claim against the railway company responsible for maintaining that ramp. On the other hand, if you have suffered a serious injury because of a train crash, it is very important to know exactly who was at fault for the accident before filing a train driver accident claim against your employer.
This is essential because some train accidents are caused by human error, which means that your accident may have been either your own fault or another person’s fault, such as the driver of a car. Sometimes, train crashes occur as a result of damaged lines and in this case the company responsible for maintaining that railway section is at fault for the accident. Vandalism is another cause and, according to the British Transport Police, metal worth £13 million has been stolen from the railways over the last three years. Train malfunctions can also result in accidents, in which case the company that should have maintained the train in good working condition may be held responsible for your accident.
Are you afraid to file a train driver accident claim?
Many train drivers and other railway workers who suffer accidents at work are afraid of the repercussions resulting from bringing a claim against their employers. If, however, you have the experienced legal experts working at Accident Advice Helpline on your side, you have no reason to worry about what will happen after you file your compensation claim. This is because our professionals will do everything they can to protect your legal rights, including your right to keep your job, whilst going through the process of recovering compensation for your accident. Thus, if you think that you have a valid claim against your employer or any other person responsible for your injuries, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. It costs absolutely nothing to contact us, and you are under no obligation to pursue a claim if you do not wish to do so.
Date Published: February 6, 2014
Author: David Brown