Every year there are thousands of car accidents on Britain’s roads. Accidents have a variety of causes including speeding, careless driving, failing to look properly and bad weather conditions. Anything that creates additional hazards, such as roadworks, may lead to an increase in the number of car accident claims in that location.
Roadworks can increase the risk of car accidents
Roadworks usually require detours and can also result in uneven road surfaces, unclear pavement or line markings, as well as obstructions such as trucks and equipment. All of this can distract drivers and increase the risk of accidents. According to statistics from the Highways Agency, accidents at roadworks are more likely to occur on motorways where speeds are higher than on A-roads. In 2005 the number of accidents at roadworks accounted for 3.7 per cent of all road accidents. In some cases it is possible that negligent road workers led to a car accident claim.
Roadworks can stir up debris and dust, reducing visibility. Warning signs should be appropriately placed to give drivers advance warning of the obstructions ahead. If these signs are not placed correctly, or are misleading, it can result in an accident. Any material that has been left on the road, such as construction debris or a badly parked truck, may cause a driver to swerve and, on a busy road, this could lead to an accident.
Claiming for accidents caused by negligent road workers
An individual who has been involved in a car accident and has suffered an injury as a result of the accident may be able to make a car accident claim for compensation. If negligent road workers led to a car accident claim by leaving obstructions or bad road surfaces, the claimant may have a case against the organisation that the road workers are employed by.
It can be difficult proving that a road accident was not the fault of the driver if the accident occurs at or near roadworks, as major roadworks are planned months and even years in advance. For this reason it is essential to gather as much information as possible at the scene of the accident. If you have an accident due to roadworks then you should try to take photographs of the location. You should also obtain the names and contact details of any witnesses and ask any passengers in the car to record their version of events to back up your car accident claim. If there have been incidents or accidents involving other cars at the same location in which it was alleged that negligent road workers led to a car accident claim, or were a contributing factor in the accident, any claim is more likely to succeed.
If you have been involved in a car accident and you feel that negligent road workers were to blame, contact a good legal firm. Accident Advice Helpline will be able to discuss your claim and give you an indication of how likely it is to succeed and who you should claim against. Accident Advice Helpline is an experienced legal firm and our legal team will also be able to help you gather the evidence that will be required for your claim.