Fuel on the road is a serious hazard which could cause a collision, and it’s the duty of your local highways department to react quickly when they receive a report of fuel on the road, to prevent accidents from occurring. They should close the road off to vehicles and organise for the spillage to be cleaned up as soon as possible – otherwise an accident caused by fuel on the road could easily occur.
When your car hits a fuel spillage, the unsafe road surface can cause your vehicle to skid and your brakes to fail – just as they would if you hit a patch of black ice. Braking hard could lead to your car skidding off the road, striking other vehicles or even overturning, depending on the speed you are driving at. If you have been injured in a car accident caused by fuel on the road, it may be that your local council’s highways department are liable for the accident – for example, if they have failed to respond to reports in an appropriate timescale. It’s best to contact a personal injury lawyer to find out whether you could make a claim for compensation after your accident.
Check your driving
It’s important to realise that if you were driving dangerously, you may not be eligible to claim compensation. Dangerous driving could include speeding, driving a vehicle that has not been well-maintained (for example, a car with no MOT or insurance), being distracted at the wheel by your mobile phone or something else or failing to pay attention to road signs and traffic signals. If you were driving dangerously at the time of your accident, you may have lost the opportunity to claim compensation. However, if your accident was caused by a failure to clean up a fuel spill, the good news is that you should have a viable claim, provided you claim within three years of your accident.
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Finding a personal injury lawyer you can trust can be hard with so many to choose from out there. Choose Accident Advice Helpline and we won’t let you down. We’ve been in business since 2000 and we specialise in personal injury claims. We work with professional personal injury lawyers who work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis and we are here to offer you confidential, no-obligation advice, however you have been injured. We don’t think you should have to suffer after an accident that wasn’t your fault, so we’ll do our best to get you the compensation you deserve after your car accident. Call our freephone helpline today to speak to a member of the team on 0800 689 0500.
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