Cycling Accident on a Tramline Claim *
Cycling accidents on a tramline * usually happen either by a cyclist moving out in front of an oncoming tram or by cycling on the tramline and getting their wheels stuck in the tracks in areas where there is inadequate or no signage to warn people of these dangers.
If you have decided you would like to take legal action for personal injuries * sustained as a result of a this type of road traffic accident *, it is important that you determine who was liable for the accident. If you have contributed in any way to the cause of the accident, this is known as contributory negligence and as a result, you may not be entitled to pursue legal action.
If the accident was caused by another party (hit by a car, luas or fell off your bike due to inadequate signage at the tramlines) then you may be entitled to make a claim. It is important that you collect evidence from the time of the accident to help you with this. If there were any witnesses present at the time of the accident it would be advised that you obtain their contact details. It can be difficult to determine who was responsible for accidents on a tram line as the cyclist should have been aware of the potential risks involved prior to the accident occurring.
Cyclists should use the cycle tracks provided to them if possible. If there are no cycle tracks present and it is necessary to travel on the tramline then you should cross the tracks at a 90 degrees angle. This will help to avoid wheels becoming caught in the tracks which could cause injury to the cyclists.
It is important that the local council also has signage in place to warn of the presence of tramline as this can help to reduce the risk of an accident. As the city centre is a busy place it is important that all road users take the necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of themselves and other members of the public.
There should be separate lanes for cyclists and trams as this will reduce the risk of accident and injury. If there is a chance that both tram tracks and cycle lanes need to cross over then there should be traffic lights in place to ensure the safety of all. The uneven road surface of tram lines can create a hazard for all members of the public and is one of the main causes of accidents.
- Broken bones
- Cuts and lacerations
- Head and brain injuries
- Back Injuries
- Spinal Injuries
- Nerve damage
- Sprains and strains
- Soft tissue damage
Common causes of Luas Track Cycling Accidents *
Lack of signage
It is important that there is adequate signage in place to warn people of tramlines as this can help to reduce the risk of accidents and injuries *. If cyclists are unaware of uneven road surfaces it may cause them to become caught in the tracks which can cause them to fall of heir bike and sustain an injury. There is also the risk of being hit by a Luas that is travelling on the tracks also. In some cases, the fault may lie with the county council for not putting up warnings signs and/or not providing a safe place for the road users.
Wet surfaces can make the road feel slippery for cyclists which can cause the wheels of their bike to slip causing them to fall. As many tracks are built near traffic there is a chance that they could either fall in front of a Luas or other vehicles that are also on the road. These accidents are one of the leading causes of fatalities involving cyclists.
Poor maintenance of tracks
The authority responsible for looking after the tracks should ensure that they are fully maintained and a not a potential hazards to any road user or member of the public. Poorly maintained tramlines can cause accidents to occur for all users, including trams, cyclists, drivers and pedestrians. There is a duty of care to ensure the health and safety of all who may be using the facilities.
What you should do following an accident
If you have been involved in a cycling accident on a tramline there is certain information which you will need if you have decided to make a personal injuries claim *. Prior to this, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible to ensure that your injuries do not become more serious over time. This information includes;
- Date, time and location of the accident
- Photographs and CCTV footage of the accident and injuries sustained, if possible
- Details relating to any witnesses who were present
- Contact details of anybody else involved in the accident
- Details of the events leading up to the accident
- Tram number if necessary
- Weather conditions at the time of the accident
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CASE
If you are considering making a cycling accident on a tramline claim * or would like more information on this topic you can contact our personal injury claims specialists on 01 649 9900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a confidential discussion.
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