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Our train accident solicitors specialise in accidents causing personal injury and we can help you to claim compensation following a train accident or a railway accident. Our lawyers are members of the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel of personal injury experts and have considerable experience in pursuing accident compensation. All of our train accident claims are dealt with using the risk free no win no fee* scheme.

Personal Injury Statistics

Accidents not involving trains including slips, trips and falls at stations usually account for more than half of all annual accidents on the railways in the absence of accidental catastrophic loss off life as a result of a serious train crash. Accidents to passengers while on-board trains contribute an average of about 10% of major injuries, including falls from doors and drop-light windows however, these accidents should reduce as the remaining slam-door carriages are replaced. Stations account for 40% of individual passenger and public accidental fatalities, and a third of suicides and suspected suicides. If you or a relative or friend have been inured on raliway property you should contact a train accident solicitor for advice as soon as possible.

Signals Passed at Danger

One of the main causes for concern regarding serious train accidents involving collision with other trains is "signals passed at danger" which occurs when a driver either recklessly or negligently ignores a cautionary signal requiring him to stop as a result of perceived danger further along the track. There are several hundred of these incidents every year some of which have the potential for causing serious and potentially catastrophic fatal railway accidents. In most cases the trains stop within the safety overlap provided at the signal which is usually 200 yards, which provides protection against drivers misjudging braking. The most serious incidents are those when trains run past this safety overlap and there is a possibility of a collision with another train. These incidents are only one of the precursors to catastrophic train accidents however they have been the cause of a number of major incidents including at Southall in 1997 and Ladbroke Grove in 1999 when 32 people died.


Vandalism continues to be the primary cause of train accidents however there are numerous other causes of injury including level crossing incidents, accidents involving road vehicles and pedestrians, slips and falls at stations, failure of trains, track and infrastructure, obstructions, derailment, assaults and driver error. In recent years there have been two serious collisions involving motor vehicles on the track. The Selby incident involved a vehicle coming off the M62 motorway onto the track in front of an oncoming train causing 10 fatalities as a result of which the car driver received a substantial sentence of imprisonment and a rail accident on the London to Plymouth line when a train, travelling at 100mph immediately before impact, collided with a car on a level crossing causing six deaths and numerous serious injuries.

Criminal Offences

British Transport Police data shows a large increase in criminal offences including stone throwing and the placing of objects on the railway line that affects the safe passage of trains. It is rare for the perpetrators of this serious crime to be apprehended however personal injury caused by derailments or injuries from flying stones or glass can result in a claim for compensation being made to the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority.

Train Accident Solicitors - no win no fee*

If you have been involved in a railway accident or a train accident we can help you to receive compensation. Our train accident claims are dealt with using 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. Our business is client centred and if you instruct one of our train accident solicitors to act on your behalf we guarantee that you will be kept fully updated on the progress of your compensation claim and your solicitor will always be available on the telephone. For advice on risk free railway accident claims just use the helpline or complete the contact form or email our offices and a member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel of personal injury experts will speak to you with no charge and with no 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