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By on October 11, 2016

Train Accident Compensation Claims

Introduction to Train Accident Compensation Claims

About Train Accident Compensation Claims

In the UK, and abroad, travelling by train is a very popular mode of transport. Train travel is generally very safe but accidents do occasionally happen and passengers and rail workers alike can be injured.

If you have been injured on a train, on a railway platform, in a railway station or on any other railway premises and the accident was not your fault, you may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim.

To discuss your individual claim in more detail and to find out if Claims Legal can help you make a claim for compensation,  call us on 0800-8-654321 

Train Crashes and Derailments

Types of Train Crashes

Some of the most common causes of train crashes and derailments are:

  • Damaged tracks
  • Mechanical problems with the train or train wheels
  • Objects or people on the tracks
  • Weather conditions such as snow or ice
  • Collisions with another train or vehicle

When a train collides with an object on the track, this could be something such as a tree branch or pile of leaves which has fallen onto the track or an object placed there deliberately by a vandal.  Trespassers on railway lines can also cause train crashes if they are hit accidentally or as part of a suicide attempt.

When a train collides with another train this could be due to signal problems or level crossing problems such as a car driver ignoring the warnings or becoming stuck on a level crossing or someone who has parked their car on the tracks deliberately.

If you have been injured as a result of a train crash or train derailment, you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim for compensation.

Other types of Accidents on Trains

How injuries happen on Trains

Some of the most common ways people are injured on trains or on train platforms are:

Slips and trips on trains – Spillages which are not cleaned up promptly or discarded pieces of litter left lying on train floors or train platforms create hazards which lead to workers and passengers slipping and tripping.

Defects inside the train – Damaged seats or exposed sharp edges can cause injuries such as lacerations to passengers and train drivers.

Hit by objects – If inappropriate luggage storage is present, there is a risk of being hit by falling objects.  Defects with train doors can cause them to shut on passengers or rail workers.

Food and Drink related injuries – On trains where there is a buffet car there is a possibility of boiling hot liquid being spilled resulting in burns or passengers suffering from food poisoning.

Industrial Diseases – For rail employees there is the risk of industrial diseases such asoccupational deafness, vibration white finger and asbestos related diseases for those exposed to asbestos years previously.

If you have suffered an injury which was not your fault whilst travelling on a train or while at a train station, you may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim.  For more information,  call us free on 0800-8-654321 .

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