The expansion of trams across the UK has helped to lower pollution and provide a cost-effective new method of transport for all to use. Manchester has developed the Metrolink network which operates across Greater Manchester, providing a great way to get across the city.
However, as with any other form of transport, there is always the possibility of being injured while riding on the Metrolink or another type of tram. If you have been hurt while riding on a Metrolink tram or if you have been involved in a collision with a Metrolink tram, you may be able to claim compensation.
Please note, there is a three-year time limit on making a personal injury claim. This time limit begins from the date that the accident occurred. You should contact us as soon as possible to assess your case.
Metrolink connects people all across Manchester, from Victoria Station to East Didsbury and beyond. Statistically, cyclists and pedestrians are more likely to be injured in a tram-related accident. While there is a smaller number of Metrolink accidents compared to car accidents, the rate of mortalities and serious injuries is still very high due to the size of the trams and the speed with which they hit.
Accidents that don’t involve collisions with trams can still cause serious injuries. On Tuesday 12th March 2019, there was an accident at the Ashton-under-Lyne Metrolink stop, which involved a man falling onto the tram track after the tram had departed. The injuries that the man sustained required treatment in hospital. As is highlighted by this case, incidents involving the tram or the track where a collision does not occur can still be very serious and can cause severe injuries.
There are many different scenarios in which a tram accident could occur, such as:
- Poor driver training resulting in errors of judgment such as speeding
- Passengers falling onto the track
- Electric shocks caused by contact with the overhead wires
- Derailing after a collision
- The tram jolting which causes people to fall
- The tram derailing
- The tram hitting an object
- mechanical failures with the tram or the track
If you are an innocent party who has been injured in a Metrolink accident, you are probably eligible to make a claim. If you have been injured in an incident that took place on a Metrolink tram or that involves the Metrolink, you should:
- Inform the closest tram official that you have been injured, such as the ticket inspector. They can help to stop the tram so that you can get the medical attention that you need.
- Note down any witness contact details and note down your own version of events.
- Keep any receipts that prove that you were on the tram when the incident occurred.
- Seek medical attention, either by immediately going to the hospital or visiting the GP soon after. This will help to create a record of your injuries.
There is usually a three-year time limit for personal injury claims so you should contact a personal injury solicitor as soon as you feel ready.
Amount of Compensation
All personal injury cases are unique and so the amount of compensation that is awarded in each case is also unique. The pain and suffering that your injuries have caused is the main factor that is used to determine how much compensation you are owed.
However, compensation also takes into account any financial losses that you might have suffered as a result of your injuries, such as a loss of earnings due to being unable to return to work.
To learn more and to discuss your potential claim in confidence, contact our team on 0800 342 3206. Alternatively, complete our online contact form to arrange an initial no-obligation telephone consultation with a member of our expert team.