It should be fairly unlikely that you would find yourself in a situation where it is likely that you will suffer a Waverley car accident at a rail crossing. Protective measures have been put into place at rail crossings so that vehicles are not in the vicinity of the trains when they cross, and to ensure that everyone is past the line before the barriers come down. However, if something goes wrong, or you break the rules and find yourself stuck on a rail crossing when a train is coming, there are a few things you can do to avoid a car accident causing you to suffer different injuries in Waverley, , which could kill yourself and other people travelling on the train.
How to avoid a car accident at a rail crossing
Never stop on a crossing. If there are cars ahead of you, make sure that there is at least a cars length of space ahead of you before you cross. If there isn’t time, then wait.
- Stop when the alarm sounds. Many cars will try to save time by trying to get across the rail crossing before the barriers come down. It is far safer to just wait and let the train pass first. It may take some time out of your journey, but will keep you safe.
- Get out of the car. If you do end up stuck at a rail crossing then before you do anything else you should get yourself and your passengers out of the car and well clear of the vehicle. Don’t sit at the wheel trying to get the car to move.
- Call the emergency services. There may be a telephone for the signalman at the crossing which you can and should use first, but if not call 999 and let someone know what is happening. There is a slim chance someone may be able to stop the train before it hits your car.
Claiming compensation for different injuries in Waverley
The only way in which you could claim compensation for a car accident at a rail crossing is if the negligence of someone else caused you to be on the line or close to the vicinity when the train crossed. If you have broken the rules yourself then you are to blame for the car accident and will have to pay for damages yourself.
Of course, this type of incident could be extremely serious and you could suffer a range of different injuries in Waverley. In most instances, the amount of compensation you will receive will depend on how badly you’ve been hurt so it’s well worth seeking legal advice.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 if you’re calling from a mobile to speak to the team about different injuries in Waverley and find out whether or not you have a good case for a successful compensation claim.
Date Published: 12th June 2014
Author: David Brown