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Accidents In The Street

If you have been injured as a result of the negligence of the local council, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation. Our solicitors can take you through the claims process, advising you throughout proceedings to ensure you get the maximum amount of compensation possible.

About street accidents

Due to many people using pavements and roads on a daily basis, streets are susceptible to wear and tear over the years. They must be frequently maintained by the local council to prevent accidents from happening. Damage to pavements and roads that can result in an accident includes:

  • Cracked, missing or rocking pavement slabs
  • Loose pavement slabs
  • An exposed tree root
  • Potholes
  • A missing manhole cover
  • Uneven kerbstones

Additionally, if there is work being carried out on the street by a construction company, sites may not be cleared properly and damage may be caused, which can result in an accident. If you have been injured because of a construction area, our solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation.

Who is responsible?

In most cases, the local council will be responsible if you are harmed in an accident on a street. This is because they have a legal duty to maintain pavements and roads to an acceptable standard. If the accident is on private land, the owner can be held accountable for any injuries, while construction companies will be responsible if there is an accident caused by any work being carried out on the street.

What to do when you’ve been injured

If you are injured in an accident on the street and haven’t suffered an injury that requires immediate medical attention, there are a number of steps you should take that can help you claim in the long run.

  1. Take down the name, telephone number and address of any witnesses to the accident.
  2. Photograph the area in which your injury occurred and use an item to show the scale of any faults that caused your accident. This includes cracks in the pavement, potholes, and uneven kerbs, e.g. a 50 pence piece resting against the hazard.
  3. Find out who is responsible for the area and report the accident. If your injury was caused by a construction company, they should have an accident book where you can make a record of the incident.
  4. If there is any CCTV in the area, find out who owns the recordings and ask for a copy from them.

These steps are to be taken solely as guidance and should not be considered as proper legal advice. To speak to a solicitor, get in touch with Aequitas Legal.

Making a claim for compensation

To make a claim for an accident in the street, the following must be true:

  • Your accident happened in the last three years
  • Those responsible for your accident can be identified
  • You have reported the accident to the relevant authorities

For more information, take a look at our guide to making a claim.

Why choose Aequitas Legal?

At Aequitas Legal, we are able to make a full assessment of your case to help you prove who was responsible and to what extent your injuries will impact on your life. We will then act on your behalf to agree on a suitable settlement for all of your needs. Our aim is to make the whole process as stress-free as possible so you can concentrate on making a full recovery.

Compensation can be sought to cover the cost of any lost, or potential losses of, wages, modifications to your lifestyle and immediate access to medical treatments.

How we have helped others

To read about how we have helped others who have been in an accident in the street, please take a look at our case studies.

Call us for reliable, accessible and friendly advice:
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10 months ago

"A star in the making"

I’d just like to give a very positive feedback to Ansa Rashid took on my case & finally got things moving. Before that I had Susan Mason who never answered my calls or emails & the case was ongoing still 3 years on. Ansa took over, got things moving & even through her busy day rang me mostly every week, sometimes on the phone an hour or so. I can not fault this woman she is amazing at her job. Very professional, caring, trustworthy & motivational. Plenty of times I wanted to to throw the towel in but she just wouldn’t let me give up. The case took 4 years in the end & even though we didn’t win I’d still recommend her to everyone. Thank you Ansa you are a star In the making

Lisa Jayne Hinds

7 months ago

" ‘in-Case’ app makes things so simple"

I was involved in an accident which was not my fault, and was recommended to use Aequitas Legal. From the start, the whole journey with the team was both efficient, professional and sophisticated, with everyone essentially making the process so easy. Their ‘in-Case’ App made simple things like documents and letters so accessible, and meant I could access any import documents at anytime in seconds. I first spoke to Sucheet, who was the gentleman in charge of the company, who explained how everything would work, and pointed me in the direction of Connor, who would be my main liaison during the case. Together, they both ensured I was given the best advice, and seamlessly helped me through the case, which was concluded with a positive outcome! I could not recommend this company more, and will always be my go-to firm.

Jay Amin

1 year ago

"Amazing determination"

I was amazed on how determined the team were in seeing my case through. If you are looking for a reliable, easy and transparent team to handle your case, here they are. I would like to thank Somia who I believe either led or coordinated my case for doing a fantastic job in both seeing the case through and communication.

Bethel Osuagwu

7 months ago

"Reassuring help throughout our case"

The team at Aequitas Legal were excellent. They were very responsive to questions with appropriate answers as well as being very supportive. They reassured my husband & I throughout our case & helped to acquire an amazing settlement of our case without having to attend court. I would greatly recommend their services to anybody unreservedly.

Sharon Cooper

9 months ago

"Professional, friendly and happy to explain everything simply"

Highly recommend Aequitas who have recently dealt with my successful case. Special thanks to James Sloane who made the process much easier ; very professional, friendly and happy to explain everything simply. Also very encouraging and supportive with regular updates as well as spot on with getting paperwork and documents organised.
For someone like myself who has never been involved in a legal process I'm delighted with how my case was handled with this company.

Wendy Hindley

1 year ago

"A deserved 5 Stars!"

Fantastic service from Ansa. Shes worked hard on my case and kept me up to date and well informed on everything that was happening. Pleasure to deal with. She deserves the 5stars!

Rachel Williams

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