As one of the longest established companies in the personal injuries field, we at Accident Advice Helpline are often asked, “who do I claim against for misplaced road signs?”
Misplaced road signs can cause horrific accidents on our roads, resulting in injury, damage to property and even death. Most people involved in such accidents usually do not know who to hold responsible for misplaced traffic signs.
In most cases, the local authority of the area where the accident occurred bears responsibility for the roads and road signs under their jurisdiction. If you have sustained injury or had any of your property damaged due to an accident caused by a misplaced road sign, you may be eligible for compensation from the local council.
Local council’s responsibility
The local city or county council is responsible for providing a wide range of services and facilities to the public. This includes provision and maintenance of infrastructure, such as roads and parks, as well as services such as refuse collection and water supply. The council is also charged with the task of installing, inspecting and maintaining road signs.
If the local council neglects this duty, resulting in an accident, they can be sued for compensation by the affected parties. For this reason, all local councils are required to take out public liability insurance policies. This insurance provides them with cover against claims made by members of the public who have suffered damage to property or sustained injuries due to negligence or omission on the part of the council, its councillors, agents or employees.
What can I include in the claim?
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we can assist you to make a claim against the local council for misplaced road signs. Your claim will typically include:
- Any medical expenses you incurred;
- Loss of earnings or business profits you incurred as a result of the accident;
- Cost of repairs (for your vehicle or other damaged property). You can also include the value of the car if it is written off as a result of the accident;
- Other related costs; for example, transport costs incurred while your vehicle was being repaired.
Make your claim today
Making a claim for misplaced road signs can be a complex and long drawn out affair. That is why you are strongly advised to retain the services of a competent and experienced personal injury solicitor.
Accident Advice Helpline can provide a solicitor who is qualified to handle your case. We have an expert team of solicitors nationwide and will find one to guide you through the claim process. We have a wealth of experience dealing with personal injury claims and will endeavour to make the whole process simple, fast and efficient for you.
Remember, there is a time limit for filing claims in the UK, so it is advisable to begin the claim proceedings as early as possible. For more information on our services, call our free 24-hour helpline on 0800 180 4123. You can also use the claim form on our website to get in touch with us.
Date Published: December 29, 2013
Author: David Brown