Tram accidents can and will happen occasionally. Here are a few tips on staying safe on trams.
Staying safe on trams – waiting
Tram safety begins while waiting for your ride. To prevent being hit by a tram, slips, trips and falls and other tram-related accidents while waiting, always remain behind line markings and never:
- Lean against safety railings at roadside stops or platforms
- Walk or lean out into the path of trams or other traffic
Check oncoming trams’ destination boards and, when your tram approaches, make sure the driver sees you by waving. Take note of the stop signs on the tram’s doors signalling motorists to stop to allow passengers to get on/off the tram.
Staying safe on trams – boarding
When boarding trams from a kerbside stop, always wait for all other traffic to stop before walking out onto the road to board them and:
- Wait for passengers to get off before boarding
- Use the handrails to steady yourself while boarding and when the tram begins to move
Naturally, it is important to keep your hands free to ensure you can steady yourself.
Staying safe on trams – on board
Trams may move off before you realise it. To prevent losing your balance, make sure to keep hold of handrails and:
- Stay clear of doorways and never obstruct closing doors with your hands, arms or body. If you need the door to be reopened for any reason, ask the driver.
- If seats are available, sit down and keep any bags or packages on your lap to prevent trips and falls
- Keep hold of handrails until seated
If there are no free seats and you must stand:
- Stand with your bags, etc. between your feet
- Give other passengers adequate room to move around you when boarding or getting off
- Always keep hold of the handrails in case the tram brakes suddenly.
Getting safely off trams
Give the driver plenty of notice that you want to get off by using the stop button or cord. When the tram stops and you are ready to get off, always:
- Check for traffic and watch your step
- Stay within safety zones until it is safe to cross
Never walk out from behind trams to cross tracks, as you may not be able to see or hear other trams coming.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you were hurt in a tram accident caused by someone else, you may qualify for personal injury compensation. Call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a UK landline or your mobile to get expert compensation advice.
Date Published: May 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice