Driving through roadworks isn’t something you will have to do every day. It helps to be alert to potential roadworks in your neighbourhood or en route to work so you can plan an alternative route if at all possible. Getting delayed leads some drivers to become impatient, and that can mean making poor decisions on how to drive, where to go and what to do.
When you do arrive at a roadworks site it is important to slow down and pay close attention to all the signs available. You should find there are lots of signs before and during a site where work is being done. Driving through roadworks should therefore be made easier when it comes to assessing what is going on and where you are expected to go.
On some occasions you may have to move onto the opposite carriageway to continue on your journey. There may be traffic lights present; do not jump the lights as it puts you in the path of potentially oncoming traffic. Pay close attention if you are moved onto the opposite carriageway of a motorway. Be aware of differing levels of road surface too, as these can be bumpy to drive over.
Is there a chance to get compensation when you’ve been in a road accident?
If you are involved in an accident that takes place on a roadworks site and you did not cause it, you may be entitled to put in a claim for compensation. All roadworks should be properly marked to alert drivers to the danger. If this is not the case and it causes you to have an accident – for example by driving at the speed limit when a reduced speed limit sign should have been displayed – this could mean there has been negligence on the part of another party.
Accident Advice Helpline operates a free 24/7 enquiry line to help determine whether you can get compensated
To determine the facts in your particular situation, make sure you contact Accident Advice Helpline today. For fast answers you can try our 30-second online test or alternatively simply pick up the phone and call us on our free 24/7 enquiry line – 0800 689 0500. You should make contact within three years of the original accident to stand a chance of starting a no win, no fee claim against those who could be negligent and therefore responsible for your accident.
Date Published: August 12, 2014
Author: David Brown