Recently Southern and Thameslink suspended their services after a train accident. The train hit a person on a Surrey route. Emergency services attended the incident near Sutton station.
The update on traffic and travel website Inrix read: “Services suspended on Southern and Thameslink between Mitcham Junction and Epsom due to emergency services dealing with an incident.”
Thameslink wrote about the incident on Twitter.
The tweet said: “It is with great sadness that we report a person has been hit by a train between Mitcham Junction and Epsom.
“All lines are blocked between these stations whilst the emergency services work to deal with this incident. Service information will follow.”
At just after 6.40pm Thameslink and Southern confirmed that lines had reopened.
Train Accident Claims
There are many different types of accidents which may happen on trains, at train stations or on platforms. Some of the most common causes of train accident claims include:
- Train crashes and collisions with other trains
- Slips, trips and falls on trains, in train station or on platforms.
- Falling objects such as luggage hitting passengers
- Pedestrians being hit by trains whilst crossing tracks or at level crossings
- Doors closing too early, causing injuries
- Train users tripping or falling when entering or exiting the train
- Injuries caused by defects in seats and defective equipment on the train
Common Causes of Train Accidents
The train company and train drivers have a duty of care to their passengers. This means that they should take reasonable steps to ensure that all passengers are safe whilst travelling on the train. The most common causes of train accidents and subsequent train accident claims include:
- Negligence of the train driver. This can include a driver talking on a phone, under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or simply poor concentration of the driver
- The train companies’ failure to complete regular checks to ensure that the train is safe a free from defects
- Poor housekeeping due to the negligence of the train and train station staff
- Poor or inadequate training of staff on the train
- Defects on the train tracks or at level crossings
In the vast majority of cases, if a person makes a train accident claim, it is against the train company. This is because they have a duty of care to ensure that train users are safe whilst travelling.
There are some cases where the train company had no control over the accident. In these cases, a person must claim against someone else.
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