There are currently 8 tram network systems in the UK and with plans to develop more tram links across the country, there is no sign of this popular mode of transport fading. Sadly, transport accidents happen every day and the risks are the same for tram travel. Tram accident compensation can be successfully obtained if you are injured through no fault of your own.
Individuals who are statistically more at risk include cyclists, pedestrians and motor vehicle drivers. Although the frequency of a tram accident is lower than a car accident, the mortality rates are higher with trams, mainly because of their size and impact. Most fatal accidents occur when someone is hit directly by a tram or when they go underneath the vehicle. If you or a family member has had a serious or fatal injury caused by a tram then contact one of our specialist transport injury lawyers to start your tram accident compensation claim.
Reasons for making a tram injury compensation claim
Your resulting injury could be minor and involve only cuts and bruises but in cases of moderate and severe damage, there is good reason to seek the tram accident compensation you are entitled to as an innocent party. Some of the situations below give rise to a range of different injuries:
- Sudden jolts while on a tram causing falls, whiplash or head injuries
- Drivers who have not received adequate training resulting in poor judgements when driving e.g. speeding
- Uneven or defective tram lines can cause serious problems. Lines should always be flush with the neighbouring road
- Mechanical or structural faults with the tram
- Derailing after a collision
- Passengers falling onto the track
- Passengers can come into contact with the overhead wires causing electric shocks
If you are involved in a tram accident there are several steps you can take which will help with the claims process.
- Ensure that you have informed the appropriate tram official ( e.g. the driver or inspector) of your injury.
- Note down as soon as possible any details such as the name of the driver or witnesses.
- Keep hold of your tram ticket or receipt to prove that you were aboard.
- Seek medical help from an expert who will be able to formally record your injuries.
- Keep copies of any receipts you have relating to the medical treatment you have sought after the accident.
- Do not delay in making your transport injury claim as time limits do apply.
Helping you with your tram accident claim
Jefferies Solicitors can deal with tram accident compensation claims. We are aware of the various injuries that can follow in the event of any kind of tram accident and offer a caring and cooperative approach to help you deal with your claim. Get in touch with our team of personal injury lawyers by calling us on 0800 342 3206 or contacting us online today.