Running track accidents can be caused by all kinds of different hazards and who holds liability at a running track depends on the circumstances surrounding a track injury. Here are some of the possible scenarios and who could be held liable in such instances.
Liability at a running track in general
A club providing a running track for amateur and professional athletes is responsible for the maintenance of said track and associated facilities. In other words, if a runner is injured on a poorly-maintained track or sustains an injury by slipping on wet flooring in a changing room, for example, the club could be held liable for these injuries.
If, on the other hand, a runner trips and falls over equipment, bags or clothing left lying on the track or on flooring in communal areas, liability at a running track could be held either by the club (who is responsible for keeping all areas free of clutter) or the individual who has carelessly deposited a trip hazard.
Another scenario would be that of equipment failing. If, for instance, your brand-new running shoes suddenly disintegrate and you subsequently trip and fall, liability may be held by either the retailer of the manufacturer of the shoes.
Establishing liability at a running track
It becomes clear that establishing liability must be one of the first processes of a potential claim for compensation. This involves gathering supporting evidence, which should include photographs of the scene of the accident (such as, for instance, photos of holes or grooves in a track, a patch of wet flooring or a pathway filled with clutter) and statements by witnesses and/or attending medical personnel. These statements must include the witnesses’ and medical personnel’s names and current contact details.
Accident Advice Helpline
Our in-house Accident Advice Helpline solicitors have over 15 years’ experience in handling track-related accidents. This experience enables them to quickly determine who is liable for an accident and, once liability has been established, bring claims to satisfactory conclusions in a professional and efficient manner.
Have a no-obligation, confidential chat with one of our sympathetic advisors today to see if your running accident qualifies you for a personal injury claim and request assistance by an experienced Accident Advice Helpline lawyer. Our helpline numbers are 0800 689 0500 (if calling from a UK landline) or 0333 500 0993 (if calling from your mobile).
Date Published: February 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice