Exercise, combined with a balanced diet, plays an important role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It provides a range of benefits to our physical and mental wellbeing, including helping combat two of modern society’s greatest health risks: heart disease and obesity.
Many people choose running as a way of staying in shape. However, as it increases in popularity, the number of running injuries is rising.
Running injuries – why do they happen and who is responsible?
Running injuries, like any other sort of injury, may be caused by a variety of hazards which are not the runner’s fault, such as:
- Uneven paving
- Damaged kerb
- Collision with a vehicle
- Trips or falls due to obstructions on the pavement
- Overgrown or overhanging trees and bushes
Many runners choose to take to the streets in the early in the morning or in the evening. As light and visibility is typically reduced at these times of day, the risk of suffering running injuries can increase, as the ability to see and react to hazards decreases.
That, however, does not absolve any third party of their normal obligations. The local authority still has a responsibility to maintain roads and pavements to a minimum level of safety; householders and businesses should refrain from placing unreasonable obstructions on the pavement beyond the boundary of their property; drivers should exercise proper caution when reversing from driveways or making a turn.
Running injuries may also be sustained while training at a club or other sports facility. In such cases there is an onus on whoever runs that facility to adequately maintain surfaces and equipment. If you have been injured in this sort of incident, you should make sure that your injury is entered in the accident book as well as being reported to staff.
If you have suffered any running injury you should get yourself checked by a doctor. By virtue of the very fact that you are running, the impact can be much more forceful than if you were walking in the event that you should fall, hit a stationary object or be hit by a vehicle, and it may lead to more serious injury.
Start your claim today
Accident Advice Helpline is one of the UK’s foremost and experienced advice and compensation providers. If you have been the victim of running injuries that were somebody else’s fault in the last three years, we can help get you the compensation you deserve.
We will match your case with an in-house personal injury solicitor with the experience most suited to pursue a successful claim on your behalf. All claims are dealt with on a no-win, no-fee* basis, so if you don’t win, you pay absolutely nothing.
Why not call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 for a free initial discussion. You can also call from your mobile on 0333 500 0993. There is no obligation to proceed, and you may be surprised how straightforward we make the claims process.
Date Published: 10th February 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Running accident claims