July 23rd, 2012
A train accident will most likely be a newsworthy event as trains carry great numbers of people on some occasions at very high speeds. Like a bus, the traveller on the train is not restrained by seatbelts as he or she would be by law in a private car, and as such a train that becomes derailed or has a collision will result in passengers most likely being thrown from their seats.
Many train accidents have resulted in loss of life, but it is reassuring to know that the train accident is actually a very rare occurrence; travelling by train is extremely safe in statistical terms and the chances of a collision are very slim indeed.
However, we have all seen news reports of a train accident so we know that they do happen; as in many accidents a full investigation is always undertaken into the cause of the event, and it is generally the case that there is an incidence of negligence on the part of somebody who is involved in running the rail network.
Although it is difficult to keep many thousands of miles of railway fully maintained every minute of every day it is essential that the possibility of a train accident occurring is kept to the bare minimum; the compensation claims for loss of life and injury in recent train accidents have amounted to several million pounds and this is no surprise as every individual deserves to know that there know of transport is as safe as it possibly can be.
For this reason it is the duty of the train operators and those who maintain the rail network to make sure that there product and service is as safe and sound as possible; if it is found not to have been then they are guilty of negligence and leave themselves wide open to mass compensation claims in the event of a train accident in which passengers are injured.
Thankfully, as we have said, being in a train accident is very unlikely that like all accidents the possibility is there; knowing that we can claim compensation for injury thanks to another’s negligence goes some way to providing peace of mind.