Continual cuts in government spending mean many local councils simply do not have the necessary funds to keep roads and footpaths in good order. For drivers and pedestrians, this means having to navigate stretches of road and pavements full of potholes and other trip hazards.
The risks involved
For pedestrians, especially those of advanced age or individuals with varying degrees of disabilities, navigating footpaths littered with potholes, loose debris, and so on can be accidents waiting to happen. Slips, trips and falls are common along such stretches, and injuries sustained by slipping or tripping on them can vary significantly in severity.
Slip and trip injuries can range anywhere between minor grazes, cuts and bruises to sprained or broken ankles, wrists and legs, as well as potentially serious head; neck, back or hip injuries. What’s more, pedestrians having a slip or trip on such footpaths could also tumble into the road and in front of passing traffic; exposing them to the risk of being hit by a car, for example.
Navigating such footpaths with the utmost care is obviously essential. Watch your step closely and avoid stepping into the road to circumnavigate potholes as much as possible, as this will again leave you open to the risk of being injured by passing traffic. Avoid stepping into puddles, too, as what seems like a shallow patch of water may turn out to be a pothole of greater depth than expected, which could result in a more serious trip injury.
When the inevitable happens
As mentioned above, pothole-laden footpaths are accidents waiting to happen. Even the most vigilant, careful pedestrians occasionally fall victim to trip or slip hazards. If this is what happened to you, you could be eligible for personal injury compensation.
Local councils have a duty of care to keep roads and footpath in a safe condition. Should they have failed in this duty and you were injured by tripping, slipping or falling on a poorly- maintained footpath, you could be entitled to make a public liability claim if the accident occurred within the last three years and it is clear that the council was indeed responsible for your accident.
How to claim
You can get your claim process started by making a Freephone call to an Accident Advice Helpline advisor. Calls are kept strictly confidential and your claim will be handled by our firm’s in-house legal team, under a conditional fee agreement.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice