If you are at a petrol station, either as a passenger in a vehicle or as the driver, you will usually complete your purchase within a few minutes and then be on your way again. As the driver, you will need to get out of your car to fill up. You might also need to go inside the main building to pay for your purchase, and possibly to buy other things as well. The passengers might also need to go inside to buy a few things.
The one thing you wouldn’t expect to happen in this situation is for anyone to experience a trip. Tripping over anything at a petrol station doesn’t necessarily have to lead to a fall, but it may do if you cannot regain your balance quickly. Even if you manage to avoid a fall, a simple trip could be bad enough to break a toe or otherwise injure your foot, or some other part of your body.
Does this mean you could claim petrol station trip compensation?
It depends what happened. The owner of a petrol station has a duty to make sure you are safe at all times while using their facilities. Providing you are using them responsibly and do not incur any risk while you are there, you have a chance to claim petrol station trip compensation if you are in a position to prove negligence.
Negligence will form an integral part of any compensation claim if it is to be successful. For example, did you trip over the pipe leading to a petrol pump because it was too long and coiled on the floor? Did you trip up a slight step because it was unmarked and looked as though there was no step there in the first place?
Finding out more about
If you have tripped up in a petrol station in the past three years, you have a chance to see whether compensation might be payable in your case. If you call Accident Advice Helpline you can chat with an advisor to identify any potential evidence that could support your case. Just call us today on 0800 689 0500 to find out more.
Our free enquiry line is always open, but if you prefer you could try our online test. This takes a mere 30 seconds to complete and it could give you some initial answers as to whether we could help.
Date Published: November 30, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead