If you have been involved in an accident on a train, you may not be aware that there is a method through which you can claim compensation. An accident on a train is a rare occurrence in the UK, so the number of people making a claim for an accident on a train is low. Fatal accidents are especially rare — it is a fact that you are far more likely to be killed on the roads of the UK than on a train. This spectacular safety record has been attributed to better training and modern safety procedures and equipment.
Nevertheless, several thousand people are slightly injured in train-related incidents every year. Some of these are passengers and some are workers. If you have been injured in an accident on a train or one related to train travel that was not your fault, then you may be able to claim compensation. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have a team of highly trained personal injury lawyers who are experts in helping people who have had an accident on a train to get the compensation that they deserve.
What does an accident on a train involve?
Statistics have shown that passengers suffer accidents on a train in several ways. Actual train collisions account for a very small proportion of all injuries; passengers are much more likely to suffer a slip, trip or fall. Some of these falls have actually been fatal. Accidents at the platform-train interface are also fairly common; this includes passengers getting on and off trains. Contact with an object or person also accounts for some further injuries. A small number of people have been struck by a train on a station crossing.
What does a workplace accident on a train involve?
For most of us, a train is a way of getting from one location to another, but for many the train or station is a place of work. Workers can be injured on trains or in stations just like they can in any other place of work. If you are a train worker who has been injured because of something that your employer did, you may be able to claim compensation.
Perhaps you have been injured because of something that your employer did not do. This may include providing you with suitable training. Under these circumstances, you may also be able to make a claim. The highest number of accidents happen within the infrastructure workforce. These tend to be the jobs related to maintaining the railway line and involve equipment, machinery and working alongside the track.
Accident Advice Helpline can help with all stages of a claim for an accident on a train. Don’t worry if you have not started your claim straight away; it is still worth giving us a call because you generally have up to three years to make a claim. You will not be asked for any large upfront legal costs, as your case will be handled on a no win no fee* basis.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 13th July 2013
Author: Sharon Parry
Category: Train accident claim