With more and more people choosing to travel by train, train stations across the UK are always bustling with people. At rush hours, these numbers can swell several times over with people rushing into and out of their respective trains. It’s not just the sheer number of rail commuters that results in accidents. The fact that everybody is in a hurry to get on or get off their train increases the risk of accidents happening.
If you or a loved one were injured in a train station that was caused because of somebody else’s mistake or negligence, you may have a legal right to make a train station accident claim for compensation.
Common Train Station Accidents
At times there can be thousands of people navigating platforms, escalators, doorways, barricades, shops and restaurants at any train station. All of these dynamics can set the stage for several different types of accidents. We’ve listed some of the more common of these accidents we see in train station accident claims.
Slip, trip and fall accidents are the most common cause of injuries at train stations. This can happen due to liquid spills, uneven or broken flooring, or being struck by another commuter or an object while getting on or off the train, when riding the escalator or when taking the stairs.
Broken doors or furniture that have jagged or sharp edges can cause cuts and lacerations that can range from mild to very serious injuries.
Faulty door jambs can trap clothing or close in on commuters, resulting in bruises and fractures.
If any of your injuries in a train station accident were due to the negligence then you may be able to claim compensation.
Duty Of Care Related To Train Travel
Railway authorities owe all train passengers a duty of care. As part of this legal duty of care, the authorities are required to identify potential risks to anyone using the railway premises. This includes commuters, shopkeepers, restaurant staff and all train station staff.
After identifying potential risks, the authorities are required to put adequate protective measures in place to minimise the risks. If they fail to do so and you are injured as a result, they could be liable to compensate you for your injuries.
What To Do If You Are Injured In A Train Station Accident
If you’re looking to make a train station accident claim there are several things you can do to strengthen your case. These include:
Get a medical checkup – After any accident, regardless of where it happens, the first thing you should do is assess your injuries and get medical attention. If your injuries look very serious, don’t hesitate to call for an ambulance. Even if your injuries don’t look serious enough to warrant calling an ambulance, you should go to the hospital at the earliest and get a thorough check up. You may have internal injuries that don’t leave any visual cues, but could create other health problems a few days, weeks or even months later. Get a check up to rule out any complications, and also it will provide evidence to support your claim.
Collect as much evidence as you can at the scene of the accident – The best way to do this is by getting photographs or video, showing what caused the accident, whether it was a slip on a wet floor, broken flooring, a jagged edge or broken furniture. Don’t forget to get photographs of your injuries too if they’re visible. Having photographic evidence will make it easier for you to win a train station accident compensation claim. Other things you should do to strengthen your prospective claim are to make a note of the time and date when the accident occurred and get the contact details of other passengers who may have witnessed the accident.
File a formal report with the stationmaster – You want it on record that the accident happened so that the authorities cannot feign ignorance or try to deny it when you do file your claim. Write down a detailed report of what happened with the date and time of the accident in the train station accident book and get a signed copy for yourself.
Contact a personal injury solicitor – This is something you should do at the earliest. Most personal injury solicitors offer prospective clients a free consultation. You can take advantage of this complimentary consultation to get expert legal advice as to whether or not you do have a strong accident claim and what you should do next. If you have a strong case, you may even be able to get your case funded using a No Win No Fee agreement.
How A No Win No Fee Agreement Works
A No Win No Fee agreement is a special type of contract that personal injury solicitors use to help clients who might otherwise be denied justice only because they cannot afford high legal fees. With this agreement in place, you don’t have to pay any upfront fees, neither will you be out of pocket at any time while the case is in process. You only pay after the case is closed, and that too only if your train station accident claim is successful and you are awarded compensation. If your claim is rejected, you don’t pay anything. In short, a No Win No Fee agreement helps you get expert legal help without any financial risk.
One Thing To Consider After A Train Station Accident
In an attempt to avoid any potential liability suit, the railway authorities or their insurance company may approach you with a settlement offer. At the time, the offer may sound quite attractive and you may be tempted to accept it. Don’t do that without first talking to a personal injury solicitor, after all most provide free advice. The settlement offered may sound generous but in all probability it will be lower than you could actually get.
If you accept this out of court settlement offered by the railway authorities, you will forfeit your legal right to seek further compensation. Always speak to a personal injury solicitor first so your legal rights are protected. Remember, it’s free to get expert advice from an experienced personal injury solicitor so you have everything to win and nothing to lose.