Footpaths in disrepair are a problem that many of us have to cope with on our way to work, school or local shops.
Insufficient maintenance combined with bad weather conditions over many years can lead to footpaths and pavements becoming dangerous as the resulting damage can lead to injuries caused by slips, trips and falls.
How to avoid a fall
It is the responsibility of local authorities to keep footpaths safe but all too often nothing is done until someone has received a serious injury by falling.
So in order to ensure you remain safe, here a few things to bear in mind.
- Wear sensible footwear
It may be the responsibility of the council to ensure a footpath is kept in good order, but if you know you are going to be walking on uneven ground it may be worth wearing appropriate footwear. Flat shoes or boots would be a better option than high heels or sandals.
- Watch your step
When walking on a badly maintained footpath it is important that you look carefully to assess the ground in front of you. Large cracks and holes can be potentially dangerous if you don’t watch your step so don’t be distracted if you are walking and talking. Make sure you watch your step.
- Find an alternative route
Obviously this is a last resort, but if a footpath really has become that dangerous, it might be worth looking for another route. Take a look to see if other options are available, even if that means taking a little extra time. And be sure to notify your local council that the state of their footpath is causing such an inconvenience to you and your daily routine.
Have you fallen on a badly kept footpath?
If you have been injured after a slip, trip or fall on a footpath in disrepair Accident Advice Helpline can be contacted for a free confidential consultation. Our experienced, friendly advisers have over 10 years’ experience in personal injury claims and will be able to determine whether or not you are entitled to make a claim over the phone.
Accident Advice Helpline works purely on a no win no fee* basis and can be contacted 24 hours a day via 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice