Although train accidents are uncommon, when they happen they can have a devastating impact due to the speed in which they travel at and also the number of passengers on-board.
Some causes of train accidents can be:
Adverse weather conditions can impact objects such as trees, which ought to have been properly maintained, being blown onto the tracks. There is a duty to ensure proper and adequate maintenance of the train tracks allowing the identification and removal of obstacles to ensure a safe travel passage. Snow and ice can also cause a train to skid just like a car causing a train accident.
Although collisions with other trains are very rare, they can sometimes happen as a result of
mechanical errors for signalling. People or vehicles on the tracks can also cause train accidents especially at level crossings.
Claiming for a train accident depends on the circumstances and providing basic conditions are met, then the answer is yes.
When you travel by train the train company is responsible for your safety. This means that even if you are injured by for example a passenger’s luggage falling onto you from overhead, the train company are still responsible.
There can be certain circumstances where the train company may not be liable for the accident. An example would be if the accident was caused by improper maintenance of the trainlines which the train company pay a charge to use.
If this is the case for you it may be advisable for you to seek advice from a solicitor on what to do next.
Sometimes people can be injured inside the train due to an unsafe environment inside the train. These can be caused by:
If you have suffered a personal injury as a result of an unsafe environment inside a train then you may be able to make a personal injury claim against the train company.
You may be able to make a claim for the following:
Railway workers can claim for accidents at work as their employer has a duty of care to ensure a safe working environment. If you are an employee who has suffered an accident at work on a train, you should ensure you have made clear record within the accident log book and also keep a copy of this.
We are proud to include train accident claims within our no win no fee policy which mean’s you wont need to pay a penny upfront to start your claim or a penny from your pocket if your claim is unsuccessful in the rare occasion.
If you wish to see how we can, you can contact us on 0330 053 7117 to arrange a FREE consultation today.