Serious Injury on Bad Roads – Who’s to Blame?

While the majority of road traffic accidents are caused by driver negligence, approximately 19,000 people were seriously injured or killed between March 2012 and March 2013 as a result of bad road conditions.

What are bad road conditions?

The term ‘bad road conditions’ can cover a number of things, and all have the potential to cause a driver injury. These include:

  • Potholes
  • Tar over banding
  • Obscured road signs
  • Worn surfaces
  • Diesel slicks
  • Un-gritted icy roads

Who’s to blame?

Some roads are in such bad condition that they can make driving extremely unsafe. If you are unfortunate enough to experience an injury as a result of bad road conditions you could be entitled to make a claim against the authority responsible for maintaining the road. You can claim for physical trauma and loss of earnings in addition to any damage caused to your vehicle.

What to do if you are injured on a bad road

Accidents on the road can happen quickly and evidence can soon disappear so you should act fast in order to prove that the road was the cause of your injuries.

Start by gathering as much evidence as possible from the scene. It will significantly help your case if you are able to take photographs of the scene and the road conditions at the time of the accident.

You should also take down the names and addresses of any witnesses present at the time of your accident. They can help you to back up your story and confirm that the condition of the road was the cause of your injuries.

Once you have sufficient evidence that the road was poorly maintained or in bad condition you should make a claim for compensation as quick as possible. It’s likely that your solicitor will need to obtain statements and records from the local authorities regarding the maintenance of the road straight away.

Being involved in a road traffic accident can be a life changing and traumatic experience and could leave you with injuries from whiplash to life-altering head and spinal injuries.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a road traffic accident as a result of poor road conditions then get in touch with Express Solicitors today for accurate claim advice.

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