As a part of its security and immigration crackdown, the coalition government introduced enhanced passports checks at ferry and train terminals in April 2015. Under the new system, everybody entering or leaving the country by train or boat has to have their passports individually checked, in much the same way as at airports. Critics of the new scheme immediately pointed out that scanning every single passenger’s documents would likely cause large delays and tailbacks, and that the resultant traveller disquiet could result in public disorder.
Some even suggested that any delays could even cause somebody to be injured in an accident that was to their fault if tempers got frayed. If you’ve been hurt in a public place in Smethwick in an accident that was not your fault while queuing at a train or ferry terminal, you could be entitled to personal injury compensation.
Ferries, trains and Smethwick personal injury compensation
Picture the scene; it’s Eater weekend, and you’re off to Paris for a few days. You’ve decided to take the car as you live reasonably close to a ferry terminal and would like to be able to visit some towns on the outskirts of the city that you’ve never got round to seeing before. You set off in plenty of time as you’ve heard that the new immigration checks are causing delays. Nothing could have prepared you for the tailbacks you find though. They go back a good five miles if they go back a foot.
As time passes, everybody who’s queuing becomes more and more exasperated. The fact that it’s a warm day and you’re moving at a snail’s pace is making the experience much worse. As you progress gradually forward, you notice that the car behind you has stayed where it is, perhaps deciding not to take the handbrake off and edge ahead a few inches every time there’s some queue movement.
Suddenly, the driver decides to make up the space he’s lost. He’s obviously completely lost concentration, and ends up ramming into the back of your car, causing you to suffer a whiplash injury. Under these circumstances, you might well be able to claim compensation.
Call the experts when you’ve been hurt in a public place in Smethwick
If you’ve been involved in an accident that was not your fault at a train or ferry port, or anywhere else for that matter, you would do very well indeed to get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline on either 0800 689 0500 from your landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile for free Smethwick personal injury compensation advice.