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Increase in serious injuries on Victoria's trams


Tram incidents in Victoria

In 2015, Victoria recorded the highest number of serious injuries involving trams since 2008. There were 47 serious injuries reported to have occurred in 2015, up from 31 serious injuries in 2014.

17 of the people injured in 2015 were tram passengers and 30 were outside a tram, with the majority of these injuries being caused by a collision.

Serious injuries by person type

There were 149 serious injuries involving trams reported between 2011 and 2015.

The number of serious injuries to passengers has remained much the same over this period with 17-21 injuries recorded each year. However in 2012, there was a significant drop in passenger injuries with just 9 reported during the year.

Last year was the worst year for tram injuries involving members of the public located outside a tram. During 2015, there were 30 serious injuries reported involving members of the public, compared with an average of 8 injuries per year occurring between 2011-2014

tram injuries graphic for Victoria, Australia

The number of reported collisions with infrastructure and slips, trips or falls on trams increased to its highest levels since 2007. Furthermore, there was an increase in the number of reported collisions with road vehicles from 818 in 2014 to 856 in 2015.

Numbers and information provided from Transport Safety Victoria.

Written by Shine Lawyers on May 29, 2016. Last modified: September 6, 2018.

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