When there is a risk of road traffic accidents as a result of cold weather and icy conditions, it is the council’s responsibility to grit the roads. If snow is on its way or temperatures are plunging, the council may decide to send out gritters. These make the roads safer and reduce the risk of accidents on the road. During the winter it is a good idea to have an understanding of the council’s policy on road grit around your local area. If you have questions about your local road network, you should find how you can get in touch and get the answers you want.
How can I find out a council’s policy on road grit?
If you’ve noticed that the roads around you haven’t been gritted or you simply want to find out more about a council’s policy on road grit, you can contact the council directly, or consult their website. When using a search engine, you should be able to locate pages that detail policies such as winter weather road safety provision. If you can’t find the information you want, you should be able to find contact numbers or email addresses.
Why do councils use grit?
Councils use grit to make the roads safer when it’s cold outside, and the roads are likely to be icy. Ice is incredibly slippery, and even the most careful drivers run the risk of being injured in car accidents. When the surface is slippery, it’s easy to lose control of the vehicle, skid, or even lose your road positioning completely. If you’re not in control of the vehicle, there’s also a risk to other drivers and pedestrians. Gritting the roads reduces the risk of car crashes and helps to protect drivers from injury.
Can I claim compensation if I’ve been injured in an accident?
If you’ve been injured in a car accident on an icy morning, and you weren’t to blame, you may be able to claim compensation. To make a road traffic accident claim, the incident must have happened within the last 3 years, and you must have proof that you were not at fault. If you can prove that the other driver was negligent, you should be able to claim car crash compensation. If you’ve had an accident and you have concerns about the road surface, you may also be able to make a claim if you think the council displayed negligence.
To discuss your claim in more detail, why not give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone?
Date Published: February 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice