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Compensation for accidents caused by unclear road markings


Whether we realise it or not, we all observe road markings in a variety of situations. Drivers certainly pay close attention to them as they indicate where they should and shouldn’t go, and what the rules of a certain section of road will be. However, even if you are a pedestrian you will pay attention to some road markings. They will give you an idea of what to expect from the traffic near you if you are about to cross the road.

When we are dealing with compensation claims at Accident Advice Helpline, we often hear from people who have had an accident they think was caused by poor road markings. This can be a frustrating experience because some people have accidents that were not their fault.


The importance of clear markings

Accidents caused by unclear road markings may essentially occur for a number of reasons. For example the markings may be unclear because they are old and worn and are barely visible. In other cases they may be brand new, but have been painted in such a way as to cause confusion among those who see them.

Our advisors assess each case in turn and consider whether accidents suffered by pedestrians or drivers have been caused by poor road markings that are unclear for some reason. If that lack of clarity was directly responsible for an accident, it could lead to a compensation claim.


Assessing each situation on its own merit

Accidents can be caused by many different circumstances. In some accidents the road markings have no bearing at all on what occurred. However, there are cases where unclear road markings did indeed lead to an accident happening that may otherwise have been prevented. As you can imagine, it can be confusing to work out the exact circumstances and how they have a bearing on your situation. This is why it helps to get proper advice instead of trying to figure things out on your own.

Our free 24/7 enquiry line is always here when you need it. A quick call to 0800 689 5659 will put you through to the team at Accident Advice Helpline, so if you’ve been reading this and you suspect this was the reason behind an accident you had in the last three years, you know who to call to receive the no-obligation advice you require.