> Driver's insurer may face £40m bill for British rail disaster
> GNER and Freightliner could seek up to £12m for the trains involved in the
> collision although four of the nine passenger coaches and the locomotive
> at the back of the train may be salvageable.
I believe in Canada and the U.S., there is an upper limit that an
insurer will pay,
$2 million or $5 million.
> It is possible that re-insurers might try to mitigate their liability by
> claiming that the Highways Agency should have erected more barriers to
> ensure that runaway vehicles could not end up on the tracks.
In Ottawa about 7-8 years ago, a semi-trailer truck left the main
before the road crossed the transitway. It fell into the transitway
they was an adjacent public sidewalk, killing two people and critically
third (two mothers were walking with two children in a stroller). The
emphasis of the investigation was the lack of proper road barriers to
dire consequences that did result.
In this case, the driver is surely responsible for his vehicle leaving
but not for the significance of the consequences that resulted in this
case. I think the road and RR authorities will be held responsible for
significant portion of the damages, at least they would if this had
taken place in
Chris Bradshaw, Ottawa