A shortage of road grit during the winter months can cause chaos on the roads. Driving in icy and slippery conditions is a precarious enough venture without having to try and do so without any assistance in terms of grip and security on the tarmac.
When you’re driving, your safety and physical well-being are not only dependent on your own competence and skill, but also that of others. You can be the safest driver in the world, but if other motorists are not as vigilant, then road traffic accidents are almost inevitable.
This is particularly true during cold weather spells. Slippery and icy conditions on the roads mean that everyone should be extra careful when getting behind the wheel.
Can I claim for injuries from a road accident because of a shortage of road grit?
Of course, councils and local authorities also have to play their part in keeping the roads safe for members of the public. One of the most common ways this is done is with the use of road gritters. The grit these machines dispenses helps car tyres with their grip and hastens the speed with which the ice melts.
In order to make a successful personal injury claim for an accident on the road, you need to be able to show that the accident was either demonstrably the fault of someone else, or that it was the result of negligence. In terms of a shortage of road grit, this can sometimes be a bit complicated. There are constant stories in the media about councils suffering from a lack of funding and budget cuts resulting in a shortage of road grit.
Whilst road safety is, of course, of paramount importance, the reality is that councils have to juggle whatever funds they have available to them. What they must do is warn drivers and other road users of potentially dangerous road conditions through announcements, notices and signs.
How to make a claim
The aftermath of a serious road traffic accident can be an extremely worrying time. It can, therefore, be reassuring to know that professional assistance is available to help you claim the injury compensation you may very well deserve. Providing the incident on the road was not your fault and was caused by the reckless actions of another motorist, or negligence on the part of a third party, Accident Advice Helpline can take your claim today. So call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.