Luas Accident Claims *
The Luas is a popular means of transport in Dublin and an easy way to get around the city. It is used by thousands of people throughout the country on a daily basis. With the number of people using the Luas growing and with the new cross-city Luas it is important to be aware that accidents can happen. Luas accidents do not just involve passengers but also pedestrians and other road users. As a result of this, it can be difficult to determine who is liable for the cause of the road traffic accident *.
Who is Liable?
In some cases, it can be difficult to determine who is liable following a Luas accident *. It is important to determine who was at fault for the accident in the early stages of the claims process so as to avoid delays.
In some cases, it is found that the Luas driver is at fault for the cause of an accident or injuries you have sustained. A common cause of this is failing to follow the rules of the road or show a duty of care for other road users. A Luas driver could have failed to stop at the signal or may have stopped too far down on the platform causing people to trip and fall or causing a road traffic accident * involving other vehicles and pedestrians. This can lead to various injuries which all range in severity. If it is found that they acted in a negligent manner or breached their duty of care then they may be found liable if an accident occurs which has caused people to sustain injuries.
Transdev and Transport Infrastructure Ireland
Transdev is the public transport operator which operates the Luas. They work with Transport Infrastructure Ireland to ensure the safety of both passengers and drivers on the Luas in relation to both the Luas and the tracks. A common cause of an accident could be a failure to maintain the Luas tracks of the actual carriages of the Luas. This could lead to an electrical fault or broken chairs on the Luas which is a potential hazard which could lead to injuries being sustained. They have a responsibility to maintain all transport infrastructures used by the Luas and should be carrying out frequent assessments of electrical equipment and overhead wires so that an accident does not occur. They may be found liable if an accident occurs as a result of poor maintenance or broken or faulty equipment.
Other Road Users
There is a universal expectation that all road users will follow the rules of the road and show a duty of care to other road users. Failing to do so could lead to a road traffic accident *. Road users are not permitted to drive on Luas tracks and should ensure that they follow the rules of the road and stop at the correct signals, such as red light. Failing to do this could lead to a collision with a Luas causing people to sustain injuries.
What to do following a Luas Accident
If you have been involved in a Luas accident there is certain information that you should obtain in order to determine who is liable. This includes;
- CCTV footage of the accident, if possible
- Photographs of both the scene of the accident and your injuries
- Details of the driver of the Luas
- Details relating to witnesses and other people on the Luas
- Details of any emergency services workers who may have attended the scene
- A copy of your medical records from the practitioner who treated you at the time
- Cuts and lacerations
- Breaks and fractures
- Head Injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Injuries to the legs and feet
- Back and neck injuries
- Electrical Failures
- Failing to follow the rules of the road
- Poor maintenance
- Lack of training
- Faulty or broken equipment
- Broken seats or handrails
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CASE
If you would like to find out more information on this topic or the claims process involved, you can contact our team of personal injury specialist solicitors * on 01 649 9900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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