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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    I drove into an unlit skip at night—can I claim?

    I drove into an unlit skip at night—can I claim?

    Driving into an unlit skip at night can leave you with nasty injuries. This is why the law stipulates that a skip cannot be sited on a public highway without being properly lit during the hours of darkness. If you’ve been injured like this during the past three years, you may well be eligible to claim.

    At Accident Advice Helpline we deal with hundreds of car accident claims every month, so our advisers are well placed to analyse the details of your claim. You can call them at any time of the day or night and they’ll always be ready to assist. As well as letting you know if your claim is valid, they can help you to work out how much compensation you might be able to get.

    Your rights

    Although nobody expects driving to be a risk-free activity, it’s reasonable for you to expect that, in most circumstances, roads will be kept clear and any hazards will be properly signposted, something that extends to them being lit up at night. This expectation also applies to passengers in your car, who may also be entitled to compensation in a case like this.

    When a skip is not properly illuminated, the person responsible is normally the person who hired it. As long as you have details of where it was located and on what date, a solicitor will be able to trace this person.

    In order to be eligible to claim, you will need to have been treated for your injuries by a doctor. This could be at a hospital A&E department or could simply mean you went to your GP. In some cases claimants also need independent medical assessments.  If this is the case, a solicitor will be able to arrange it for you.

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    Finding a solicitor

    If you decide that you want to pursue a claim to get compensation for driving into an unlit skip at night, we can find a solicitor for you. As we are a national law firm with access to experts from right across the country, we can quickly find you somebody with the right expertise, improving your chances of success. You won’t have to worry about travelling to meet them — most business can usually be sorted out over the phone, with documents sent to you by courier when you need to sign them.

    Because we deal with so many car accidents, we understand that they can be traumatic, and we’ll aim to make the claims process as easy as possible for you. We also know that everyone’s needs are different, so you can let us know how often you would like to be informed about developments in your case.

    Making a claim with Accident Advice Helpline is done on a no win no fee* basis, so you won’t need to have any money up front.

    Date Published: October 8, 2013

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

    Disclaimer: This website contains content contributed by third parties, therefore any opinions, comments or other information expressed on this site that do not relate to the business of AAHDL or its associated companies should be understood as neither being held or endorsed by this business.

    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.