Serious disasters could lead to an injury claim in Thirsk
Thirsk in North Yorkshire is unfortunately known as the site of two major historical railway disasters. In 1892, a crash occurred at Manor House Signal Box. The signal man, James Holmes, had been forced by his employer to attend his shift despite the fact he had reported himself unfit for work. The day before the crash, Holmes’ daughter had died and he had been awake for a total of 36 hours. His employer had insisted Holmes should work the signal box, and the result of this was that he fell asleep during his shift. A passenger train collided with a goods train, leading to ten people being killed and 39 being injured. Holmes was originally charged with manslaughter, but was later cleared and the railway company was found to have contributory negligence.
In 1967, a passenger express service collided with a derailed freight train, leading to seven people being killed and 45 injured. The wagon derailment was later found to be due to excessive wear of the suspension components. This machinery should have been checked and maintained by the railway company before use.
These days, health and safety regulations governing the management of the railway system are far more stringent. Should personal injury law have been in common use at the time of these disasters, then there would have been many people with grounds to make an injury claim in Thirsk. The negligence of organisations such as railway companies is no longer tolerated within the law, and compensation is required to be paid to blameless victims of accidents.
Despite the use of hazard reduction measures, it is an unfortunate fact that accidents still happen, wrecking innocent people’s lives and causing devastation to their families. If you have been involved in a sad state of affairs such as this, then you need help and support. Accident Advice Helpline can provide this support, and when you are ready to, they can assist you with any injury claim in Thirsk that you may wish to make.
Steps to making an injury claim in Thirsk:
- Call our free 24/7 helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, to speak to our friendly advisers;
- Take our unique 30-second test to find out how much compensation you could be entitled to should you make an injury claim in Thirsk;
- If you decide you would like to proceed with your injury claim in Thirsk, then we can refer you to our specialist legal team; and
- All injury claim cases will be handled on a no win no fee* basis.
Date Published: 13th September 2013
Author: David Brown