Cyclists are among the most vulnerable road users. Cycling injuries are usually associated with accidents caused by wreckless drivers but just as commonly they are often due to poorly maintained roads and tramline tracks.
Tramline cycling accidents can occur for any cyclist regardless of cycling experience and mostly will not be caused by the cyclist. Tramlines can pose a big danger to cyclists and often deter people from travelling via routes that cross tramlines.
Where possible cyclists and trams should be kept in separate lanes, but this may not be practical. Tramlines on the road may make it more difficult for a cyclist to move into the centre of the road for example, past parked cars. This may then cause a tramline cycling accident. As well as wheels caught between the tramlines and the road surface, slippery tracks have caused cyclists to skid and collide with other vehicles including parked and moving transport.
Injuries can range from cuts and bruises to broken bones and head injuries resulting in long-term suffering and costly recovery process. For some people it is more the psychological impact that is the problem after the accident, they lose confidence and are too scared to cycle on particular routes or at all.
If you have been involved in a tramline cycling accident that wasn’t your fault then you may want to make a claim for compensation.
As more trams are introduced into city centres, the incidence of cycling accidents may increase. Councils and highway authorities have a duty of care to ensure that tramlines are designed and constructed in a way that does not create a hazard for other road users. Ideally an off-road cycle path would help to prevent tramline cycling accidents but this is not always possible. The Highway would need to be wide enough to allow for tramlines, road users and cyclists. When this is not possible an alternative route would be a good idea to ensure cyclists safety.
Tramline cycling accidents can be caused by a number of factors:
You may be entitled to make a claim for a tramline cycling accident if the lines were:
So if you have been involved in a tramline cycling accident then you have 3 years to make a claim. The quicker you make the claim the better though as you may forget or miss something which may help you.
Firstly if you are injured then seek to get medical attention. You may need to ring for an ambulance. Ring the police or if you are unable to ask a member of public to ring them for you. Request they attend the scene and following this they will write up a report which will assist in validating your version of events.
If you are able to then gather as much information and evidence as you can at the time of the accident for example:
This depends on the details of the accident and the severity of the injuries. If injuries are fairly minor and the accident was not disputed then the claim should be straightforward and reach a settlement quite quickly.
If the injuries are serious then this makes the claim process more complex. There will be other factors to take into consideration like:
Remember to keep all your receipts and wage slips as these will be required when making a claim for a tramline cycle accident.