Affected by a railway accident? Here’s what you need to know
South Africa’s extensive rail network is the 14th longest in the world, carrying approximately 2.2-million people every day
Safety and security are a high priority, but have come under fire in recent months for a number of reasons, some based on criminal activities and others based on negligence.
Not only have there been a spate of murders and other attacks on both passengers and rail personnel but January 2018, in particular, has been a month fraught with train accidents that have resulted in several fatalities and hundreds of injured parties.
Anyone affected by these accidents may qualify to claim for compensation from PRASA, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa and the South African state owned enterprise responsible for most passenger rail services in the country. Therefore, any incidents involving Metrorail, Transnet, Shosholoza Meyl would be claimed against PRASA.
Affected by a railway accident? Here’s what you need to know:
- Your claim is a civil claim and you therefore have up to 3 years to lodge your claim
- You will need to provide as much detail as possible about what happeneda. Date of accident
b. Time of accident
c. Place of accident
d. Any other details about the incident
- You will need to produce proof of being a passenger on the train i.e. provide your train ticket.
- If you have photographic or video evidence, that could help you too.
- You may be tempted to go direct to PRASA for your claim, but you will be far better off being represented by an attorney who is well versed in the process.
At Gert Nel Inc Attorneys, we don’t just represent you, we assist you all the way. With our years of experience dealing with traumatised individuals we appreciate what people are going through and treat each and every client with due respect and care.
We are able to advise you in all aspects of the process and we keep you updated every step of the way either telephonically or via our app depending on each individuals preference.
If a client is based in a remote location, we will find a way to get there.
Recent rail accidents
Incidents refered to include:
Early in January a Shosholoza Meyl train en route from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg crashed into a truck that had failed to stop at a level crossing.
Nine carriages were derailed and over 200 passengers were injured and 18 people were killed.
Tuesday 9 January another collision occurred in Germiston – this time between two trains leaving 200 people injured.
On 23 January 2018, another train derailed outside Benoni Station in Gauteng. The train was enroute from Johannesburg to Springs.