Pedestrians and Cyclists Being Hit By Trams

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The first reports of someone being hit by a tram in Edinburgh came within seven days of the network becoming operational in 2014, while in July 2015 it was revealed that a group of around 60 cyclists were making compensation claims for the breaks, sprains and fractures they had suffered as a result of accidents involving the city's trams and trackways.

The advice to pedestrians and others is, as ever, to be vigilant when you are crossing a road on which trams travel. You should be aware that trams move at different speeds and have different stopping distances to those of more common vehicles. They may also be quieter than other vehicles, making them less noticeable when coming up from behind.

If you have been hurt in an accident involving a tram that was not your fault, you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries. You may even be able to make a claim if you share some responsibility for the accident, although the compensation you receive will be reduced to take account of this.

Compensation for injury sustained in a tram accident

Thompsons, Scotland's leading personal injury firm, secures around £1 million in compensation for its clients each week and can help you if you have sustained injury in any of the following circumstances:

  • You have been hit by a tram while travelling on foot
  • You have been hit by a tram while travelling on a bicycle
  • You have slipped on the trackway
  • You have been hit by a tram while travelling in another vehicle
  • You have suffered injury in a derailment
  • You have suffered injury while a tram passenger

For more information about your legal rights and how much you may be able to claim, call 0800 0891331 for free legal advice from our team.

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