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Tram Accident Claims

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 claims can be successful 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.

Tram Accident Claims Compensation 

The amount of compensation that you can claim will depend upon the specific details of your injuries. This amount of compensation is calculated by looking at two specific categories: general damages and special damages. After a personal injury accident, you normally have three years to make a claim for compensation. If a child was injured in the accident, a claim can be made on their behalf until their eighteenth birthday. After they turn eighteen, they then have three years to make a claim on their own behalf. Therefore, you should make a personal injury claim as soon as possible.

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General Damages 

The pain and suffering that your injuries have caused is the main factor that is used to determine how much compensation you are owed. This will usually be determined by undergoing a medical examination, from which a report is created that outlines the length of time the injuries will take to heal as well as their severity. 

Our compensation calculator gives an indication of how much you might be entitled to based upon your injuries. Jefferies Solicitors will take these different details about your injury into account when calculating how much compensation you should be awarded. 

Special Damages 

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. If you have had to pay for treatment or travel to treatment, compensation may also be able to cover this as well. Therefore, you should keep any receipts or other documents that help to outline the extent of your financial losses, as caused by your condition. 

Tram Accident Claims 

Our experts at Jefferies Solicitors are well experienced in dealing with a range of different case types. We understand how traumatic sustaining an injury or developing an illness can be and so we want to make the process of claiming compensation as stress-free as possible. No matter exactly where you are located throughout England and Wales, we can help you. 

At first, we will need some initial details about the specifics of your injuries and how this has impacted your life. Contact us today on 0800 342 3206 or through our online form to get started. A member of our team will quickly be in touch to discuss your case, confidentiality is ensured with all our clients.