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The last serious London Underground accident occurred when a tube train failed to stop at Moorgate station and hit the buffers at high speed killing 29 passengers, however since then there have been a number of less serious accidents involving fatalities and injury. The worst disaster in the last 25 years was at Kings Cross Station when 27 people died in an inferno which swept up the station's escalators and through the ticket hall. Our London underground accident solicitors offer advice at no cost and with no further obligation.

Breach of Health & Safety Regulations

Whilst the main causes of death on the tube are suicide and careless passengers falling from the platform into the path of an oncoming train, there was a recent conviction in the Crown Court for serious offences following a London Underground accident relating to a breach of the Health & Safety legislation which related to a fatal accident. A fine of £250,000 was imposed for an offence under section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act and a further fine of £50,000 was imposed for a breach of the Regulation of Railways Act. Legal costs were also ordered to be paid in the sum of £14,000. The company admitted full responsibility for the incident which was caused due to a blind spot in cameras at Eastcote station on the Piccadilly Line which had already been identified on two separate previous occasions. Judge Crocker, sitting at Isleworth Crown Court said "The fact of the matter is that no effective system for checking for blind-spots was in place and had not been for many months. This was an accident waiting to happen and regretfully, a tragic and fatal one."

Potentially Lethal Situation

It's the oldest system in the world and the second largest with over three million passengers every weekday but it's financially stretched and lack of money and safety rarely go together. The Lord Mayor of London said passengers "take a risk every time they get on" the tube, adding; "Every day there isn't a fatal accident is another day when we're lucky." He went on to say "We"re in a potentially lethal situation because of the calibre of the management and a lack of investment."

Compensation Awards

The value of a personal injury compensation claim depends on the severity of the symptoms, the length of time taken to recover and whether or not there are any residual long term symptoms. For all compensation claims it is important that injuries are documented by health care professionals and if you are injured you should ensure that you attend your doctor or a hospital as soon as the symptoms become obvious. The record of your injury will be used in assessing the value of your claim. Once you have dealt with your health issues you should contact a London underground accident solicitor to ensure preservation of evidence in the short term.

London Underground Accident Solicitor

Our London underground accident solicitors operate the no win no fee* scheme otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement. No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client. We are able to deal with all types of accident claims and can arrange fast and convenient consultations with specialist medical experts throughout the country. For free advice on London Underground accident compensation claims just use the helpline or complete the contact form and a member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel of personal injury experts will speak to you on the telephone without further obligation.



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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here