Dawlish is a beautiful town on the coast of Devon, which spectacularly hit the headlines earlier this year when winter storms washed away the rail line that runs parallel to the beach. Dawlish rail line was built by the South Devon Railway in 1846, a broad gauge line whose engineering was originally designed by I. K. Brunel. In 1876, Great Western Railway took it over. Because of its proximity to the sea, the line at Dawlish has always been susceptible to sea damage.
Solicitors in Dawlish
In fact, the pros and cons of the current design of the track supports and engineering have been debated over the last 30 years. After the great storm of 2014 pitched track and sleepers into the sea – like so many matchsticks – the media had a field day unearthing various We told them so observations in great detail. This opinion comes from the “pro-inland” side of the debate, which favours an alternative route, since the line forms the main arterial link from London to Penzance, and is of considerable importance to the British economy. However, options for the future have not yet been decided. The line is always at risk from sea damage, and on the last occasion, because the sea wall collapsed, the seafront road and some houses were partially washed away. Solicitors in Dawlish must have been as inconvenienced as the other town residents when it all happened.
Accidents on the railways
Fortunately, nobody was harmed when the rail line collapsed, although huge travel disruption ensued for around one month, because so much rolling stock was trapped on the Devon/Cornwall side of the crumbled supports. Local bus services were stretched fully to try to meet demand for alternative transport and to ferry passengers from Plymouth and Newton Abbot (the branch line link for Torquay) to Exeter, where they could resume the journey to London.
The commonest accidents on the rail are from falling over stray luggage, or slipping and tripping, either getting on or off a train or rushing across the concourse. A victim of an accident that has been caused by someone else, or by obstructions left where they should not have been left, can consider making a compensation claim, if their claim meets the criteria. Take our 30-second test to see if you might be able to claim for your mishap on a train journey.
Solicitors in Dawlish
If you think you qualify to put in a claim, you might want to talk to solicitors in Dawlish, or elsewhere in the country, to see how much compensation is your entitlement. Our compensation calculator can tell you approximately what your claim might be worth, according to the type and severity of your injury. Your claim could be based on your pain and suffering and certain expenses you have incurred by being injured and by being off work. In some cases, loss of income will also be compensated.
Accident Advice Helpline
Would you like to know more about the claims process for rail travel accidents? Call our friendly advisors now on 0800 689 0500 (if you are calling from a land line) or if calling on a mobile, on 0333 500 0993. Our numbers are freephone. They are open 24/7 so you can call at any time. If you prefer, text “CLAIM365” to 88010 and we’ll call you back.
Date Published: 12th June 2014
Author: Clare P