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How to Avoid Accidents on Poor Road Surfaces

By: Tracy Whitelaw - Updated: 12 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
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Even though there are millions of pounds spent every year on improving the road conditions throughout the UK, there are still numerous accidents that could have been avoided by following safety types about driving on poor road surfaces. There are a variety of reasons why road surfaces contribute to road accidents and it's sadly all too common.

Poor Road Surfaces & Bad Weather

Many accidents occur where drivers are unaware of the dangers of poor road surfaces being heightened due to bad weather. Many roads are prone to icing during the winter months and it is the governments duty to ensure that adequate signage exists to warn drivers of the potential dangers of icy roads ahead.

Floods cause similar problems to drivers and often if a lot of water is left in one dip in the road, it can erode the road surface, causing lots of havoc for drivers. If you see a road that is flooded and causing problems for drivers, call your local police station and let them know. They will often send someone out to attend to the scene and to bring it to drivers attention so that there are no accidents.

If you're setting out on a journey in harsh weather, be prepared for black ice on some roads as well as flash flooding. Always prepare your car and ensure that it's in great condition. Also, take an emergency pack with you in your car in case you're involved in lengthy delays or worse, an accident.

Bad Road Design & Avoiding Accidents

Most people are aware of badly designed roads in their area. These roads may be known as 'accident black spots' or may be common for causing unavoidable delays to your journey. In some cases, the local council can be held responsible for accidents if it's believed the road surface is to blame. If there are large potholes in the road that cause damage to your vehicle or result in your swerving to miss them and hitting another vehicle, you may be able to make a claim against the local council for poor road surfaces.

Another common case is when people are involved in accidents due to road traffic work being carried out. We should always slow down if we see road works, but in some cases they are poorly signed leading to confusion from drivers who are unfamiliar with the area. These are serious contributing factors to many accidents, so it's paramount that you must slow down on approach to road works.

If you do pursue a claim based on poor road design, you are able to claim that the local council may have failed to install the correct street signs or aren't adequately maintaining the road for safe use.

Debris on the Road & Accident Claims

To try to avoid accidents on poor road surfaces, most drivers will drive slower and be more attentive to their surroundings. Now and again however, there may be debris on the road or the road may simply be uneven. In these cases it's difficult to avoid accidents as you have to make the choice whether to swerve to avoid the obstruction and potentially hit another driver or simply hit the obstruction.

In most cases people will automatically swerve to avoid the obstruction and if they are then involved in a smash, the other driver may want to claim against them. In these cases you should seek further advice from a specialist who will be able to tell you whether you have a claim against your local council for the poor road surface.

The most important thing you can do as a driver when encountering poor road surfaces is to slow down. That will increase your chances of avoiding an accident by a huge amount and you will be more aware of the driving situation around you.

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