Driving in winter weather can be frightening, regardless of your experience on the roads. The Great British winter often comes hand-in-hand with heavy snow and dangerously icy conditions, leaving many in fear of becoming the victim of a road traffic accident. An unsalted road would be treacherous.
Reduce the risk with grit
With worsened road conditions, it is inevitable that car collisions will occur at this team of year. While much of the responsibility lies in your own hands – for example driving carefully, being vigilant and having an awareness of any particularly problematic areas – the council also has a legal responsibility to reduce the risk of accidents on the roads by gritting and/or salting affected areas.
Car accidents on unsalted roads
The grit used on our roads is a mixture of tiny stones (grit) and rock salt. This combination works in two ways to aid your travel. Firstly, the grit provides grip for vehicles in the snow and ice, and the salt lowers the freezing temperature of water, meaning that melting snow and ice is less likely to re-freeze into a thick blanket of ice.
Local councils have a legal obligation to ensure that the general public is safe within the locality. By failing, and leaving unsalted roads, the council increases the risk of road traffic accidents and fails to meet their legal requirements to ensuring your safety.
What can be done?
If you are a victim of a road-related injury caused due to the council’s lack of road maintenance during the winter months, you may be able to claim compensation for the harm you have suffered.
It is important that the accident occurred within the last three years and that you are able to prove that you were not to blame for the road accident in question.
Documentation such as photographs of the accident, your vehicle, the road and your injury can support your claim and be given as evidence, while witness accounts and medical records are also handy to have.
How to process a claim
Forget fishing through the legalities and seek advice from a no win no fee* law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline.
Accident Advice Helpline has many years of experience and an extensive legal team who are experts in ensuring that victims of personal injury receive the compensation they deserve.
With no obligation to proceed with your claim, Accident Advice Helpline is on hand 24/7 to assess the basics of your case and determine if your case is worth pursuing.
Date Published: January 6, 2014
Author: David Brown