If you have been involved in an accident caused by a poorly-maintained road, it may be possible for you to claim compensation.
Improve your chances of success – collect evidence in support of your claim
In most cases, the responsibility for the safe upkeep and maintenance of a road will lie with your local council. However, it can sometimes be the case that another agency has been appointed to look after the road in question.
The law requires the relevant body to keep the roads in a state of good repair, but this does not mean the roads must be in perfect condition at all times. To receive vehicle accident compensation from the organisation at fault, you will need to prove the following points:
- That the road was unsafe at the time of your accident
- That your accident directly resulted from the dangerous condition of the road
It is therefore crucial for you to obtain as much evidence as you can about the state of the road that was responsible for your accident. At Accident Advice Helpline, we recommend that you take various photographs of the accident location, giving an indication of the size and scale of the defect that caused your vehicle to career off the roads. If possible, you should place a ruler in or next to the defect when you take your photographs.
It is also advisable for you to take down the contact details of any witnesses to your accident. If there were no witnesses, you should ask nearby residents or businesses whether they would be willing to comment on the state of the road and/or the longevity of the defect. Unfortunately, the organisation responsible for the maintenance of the road in question may be able to throw out your vehicle accident compensation claim if it can prove that it implemented a reasonable system of inspection and maintenance.
Start your vehicle accident compensation claim – call Accident Advice Helpline today
As you may have gathered, there are countless factors to take into account when fighting a personal injury claim for an accident on a badly maintained road.
If you wish to receive vehicle accident compensation, the best course of action is to let the knowledgeable legal team here at the Accident Advice Helpline guide you through the claims process. To get in touch with us, please call our Freephone helpline – 0800 689 0500 – or use our 30-second test.