Do you need to make a no win no fee* claim after fatal accidents in Falkirk?
When roads or pathways intersect with railway lines, a level crossing is often used in order to ensure that the train can pass through without anyone being harmed. Normally, the level crossing should warn people of an approaching train well in advance. Cars, cyclists and pedestrians should be well clear of the crossing and behind the barriers until the train has passed.
Unfortunately, sometimes people do try and squeeze through the barriers before they are fully closed. This can be extremely dangerous and shouldn’t be done under any circumstances. If the train is closer than you think, or you don’t have time to get through the second set of barriers, you could be struck by the approaching train and killed instantly.
Providing everyone follows the rules governing level crossings, no injuries should occur as a result of them being used. However, if they don’t work properly or if they aren’t maintained, there is a chance that people can get hurt, even if they attempt to follow the rules of the road. If, for example, the barriers don’t engage as they should, people may have no idea that a train is approaching and they could continue to use the road as normal. If the driver is unable to stop the train in time, this could end in a catastrophic accident.
Due to accidents occurring on and around level crossings, there have been many campaigns regarding their safety. Whilst they are still used in the United Kingdom, many people believe that they need to be made safer and that people need to be more educated on how to follow the road rules regarding level crossings.
If you have been harmed whilst using a level crossing and the incident wasn’t your fault, you may be eligible to receive compensation from the train company or the organisation responsible for maintaining the level crossing. Sadly these types of incidents often result in fatal accidents in Falkirk. You may also want to make a no win no fee* compensation claim if you have lost a loved one as a result of this type of accident.
By making a no win no fee* compensation claim for fatal accidents in Falkirk, you could also raise awareness of the dangers associated with level crossings and you could help to ensure that they are made safer for future generations.
If you are considering making a no win no fee* claim and you want to access further advice and information, why not contact Accident Advice Helpline? We’re always happy to help and our personal injury team are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so you can contact us at any time for assistance with your no win no fee* claim.
To find out more, call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 if you’re calling from a mobile.
Date Published: 6th December 2014