Anyone who is involved in a car accident involving misplaced road signs, and suffers injuries as a result of the accident, may be entitled to make a personal injury claim. This also applies to passengers who are in the car at the time of the accident.
Road traffic accidents may be caused by careless driving, bad weather conditions or, on occasion, misplaced road signs. If a car accident is caused by a stationary object such as a road sign, the individual or organisation that is responsible for the stationary object may be responsible for the accident if the object was positioned so that it was not sufficiently visible, or was positioned illegally or unsafely.
Despite the fact that all drivers pass a driving test, many can still find road signs confusing. Poor positioning of a road sign may contribute to this confusion. In February 2013, the Daily Mail reported that one in three drivers claimed they had had a misplaced road signs car accident or a near miss due to misleading road signs. Seventy-six per cent of the drivers interviewed said that road signs could be distracting and this made them dangerous, and 46 per cent said that they had been distracted by road signs whilst driving. When questioned on the matter, the Department of Transport admitted that there were 9,000 road signs in Britain that were redundant or misleading, and that these signs should be revised.
When a misplaced road signs car accident occurs, a personal injury claim is more likely to succeed if other motorists have also had accidents or problems at the same location and have cited the misplaced road sign as either the cause of, or a contributing factor to the accident.
Claimants should remember that in some cases the blame for the accident may be shared between various parties, including the claimant themselves, and this will affect the amount of compensation awarded to the claimant.
When a misplaced road signs car accident occurs it is a good idea, if possible, to take photographs of the location to illustrate the problem. Photographs showing the road layout, the positioning of road signs, the position and angle of the claimant’s vehicle, as well as any other vehicles that were involved, will help in building a case. If it is not possible to take a photograph, sketch the scene showing the positioning of road signs, vehicles and anything else that might have contributed to the accident.
Claimants should also try to obtain the names and addresses of any witnesses, and if there is a passenger in the car they should be requested to make a record of what happened.
After a road traffic accident involving a misplaced road sign, you may be uncertain as to whether or not you can claim. Contact Accident Advice Helpline. Our team is experienced in dealing with road traffic accidents and can help with the claims process. Accident Advice Helpline will not only be able to tell you whether your claim is likely to succeed or not, our advisers can also help with advice on the sort of evidence that you should collect in order to back up your claim. To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.