Speed bumps are intended to keep us safer on the roads. However, in this recent local authority negligence case, a badly installed speed bump was the cause of a painful injury.
Usually a speed bump is built from the edge of the pavement on one side of the road across to the edge of pavement on the other side of the road, but on this occasion the local authority decided to build a speed bump which only filled ¾ of the road. At the end of the speed bump they built a kerb. Consequently they created a tripping hazard for anyone crossing the road.
The claimant unfortunately fell prey to his hazard. The accident occurred at night and there was poor street lighting in the area which failed to illuminate the additional kerb created in the road at the end of the speed bump.
Many claims against councils are due to the failure of the local authority to maintain or repair the road or pavement. However in this case the claim arose because the local authority had actually constructed something in the road which was a tripping hazard – particularly dangerous due to the poor lighting in the area. Because of this hazard, the claimant sustained painful soft tissue injuries to the right hip and the lumbar spine. They received £2,300 in compensation.
If you have suffered personal injury – either due to local authority negligence; a dangerous instillation or their failure to repair a hazard – contact Wrigley Claydon solicitors today. Call our personal injury team on 0161 785 3534 or use our ‘Make a Claim’ form. You can also contact us with any queries on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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