Personal Injury law firm Slater and Gordon has warned Gold Coast residents and tourists to stay alert around the construction of the Gold Coast Light Rail and to be aware of pedestrian signals and the change in traffic conditions.
The warning follows an accident involving a Coffs Harbour woman who was struck by a bus at the Scarborough Street construction site outside of Australia Fair in January this year.
Slater and Gordon is acting for the woman who suffered significant head injuries as well as permanent tissue and nerve damage in the accident and is calling for anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come forward.
Slater and Gordon personal injury lawyer, Kevin Zhang, said public authorities and construction companies may be held liable for any inadequate signage and are responsible for material changes in road conditions.
“Any change to traffic flow requires proper identification and warning to pedestrians which is a requirement under Queensland legislation,” Mr Zhang said.
“A lack of signage presents a danger for pedestrians and visitors to the Gold Coast who might not be familiar with irregular changes in traffic conditions.
“With entrances to a major shopping centre on both sides of the road, the safety of pedestrians and shoppers ought to have been a paramount concern by all entities responsible for the Light Rail construction,” he said.
Mr Zhang said he also had reason to believe that this was not the first incident to occur at the Scarborough Street site as it is understood tourists were also struck by a vehicle in the same location, only weeks prior.
Mr Zhang said he was pleased new signage had since been erected and is urging anyone who may have witnessed either accident to contact the Slater and Gordon Lawyers Brisbane office.