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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Road accident contributors: Worn surfaces


    There are many factors which can increase the chances of being involved in a road traffic accident. Accident rates may increase where the road surface has become worn and fallen into a state of disrepair. As a law firm specialising in all areas of personal injury compensation including car accident claims, we have developed an expert and specialised knowledge when it comes to accidents and collisions on the road.

    Worn surfaces on the road

    Vehicles keep to the road due via a combination of downforce and friction. Friction occurs when two surfaces come into contact with one another. As tyres wear down, their ability to grip to the road decreases as the surface area of the tyre coming into contact with the road increases due to worn treads. The same is true for the road, as its surface becomes worn, the surface becomes finer and the level of grip that that the road surface provides, decreases accordingly, causing worn surfaces.

    How do surfaces become worn?

    Surfaces erode over a period of time due to a number of environmental factors. This includes the amount of traffic that travels over a particular stretch of road. Large vehicles such as lorries and buses are the main contributors when it comes to vehicular erosion. The surface will also erode over time due to the stresses of weather conditions. Freezing and heating cause the road surface to contract and expand accordingly. Coupled with surface precipitation, this causes the road surface to become cracked and worn, which can also cause aquaplaning in times of heavy downpour. This also decreases the amount of grip that a car’s tyres have on the road, which decreases steering accuracy and stopping time in the event of an obstacle.

    Been involved in an accident? Contact Accident Advice Helpline

    If you’ve been involved in a road traffic collision within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline for more information. Our lines are open 24/7 and are staffed by friendly, professional advisors. Alternatively you can find out online just how much compensation you could be entitled to by taking our 30-second test. All of our claims are made on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee** basis. Any amounts quoted are guideline amounts only and may not accurately reflect any final payout of compensation.

    Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.

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    Date Published: April 27, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.