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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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3 years ago

"Excellent company"

What an excellent company. Always answered the phone quickly. Explained everything in simple terms no legal jargon. Highly recommend this company. Got me the amount that we discussed. Every member who I spoke to was polite and very helpful. Overall an excellent experience. 5/5

Andy Turner

3 years ago

"Always professional"

Excellent team, always professional and guided me through my claim every step of the way.

Rakesh Mehta

3 years ago

"Settled for more than what I expected"

Many thanks to the team at Aequitas Legal. My claim was settled for more than what I expected. Kudos to them!

4 years ago

"No regrets "

Really friendly. Kept me up to date so far in my case and always receive regular updates. No regrets picking Aequitas Legal.

Daniel Royle

3 years ago

"No hesitation recommending Aequitas Legal"

Aequitas Legal were the solicitors responsible and Matthew Trusch handled my case, very professionally, but able to communicate with me in layman's terms over any worries I had. Everything was handled with empathy and friendliness, I can only thank him and his team for fetching everything to a satisfactory conclusion. I would have no hesitation in recommending Aequitas Legal to anyone who needed a professional service. Thank you again.

4 years ago

"Go above and beyond"

As a business we have an excellent working partnership with Aequitas. They are a proactive, genuine, responsible company who always go above and beyond for their clients and suppliers alike. Leemic are always willing to offer support to Aequitas because, fundamentally, they are a lovely and hardworking team who are always on the end of the phone should we require impartial advice! We wish them every success in the future because they deserve to do well!

Lizzy McDowell

3 years ago

"Very professional"

I received excellent from service and support from my solicitor Carl Jones and the other members of staff I spoke to Aequitas Legal. They are all very professional but also friendly and happy to help. I was always able to get in touch and any queries dealt with quickly. I would recommend Aequitas Legal to my friends and family.

3 years ago

"Highly recommend"

My experience with Aquitas Legal has been great. I was given no nonsense, realistic expectations and I am very happy with the outcome. Using their app made the experience even easier, however I always managed to speak to someone if I needed clarification on anything. I would highly recommend Aquitas Legal!

3 years ago

"Brilliant all the way through"

What can I say what a team ashleigh as been brilliant all the way through talking on whatsapp gets back to u really fast and always trys to help you out the all team been brilliant to get me the best outcome I will defo past aequitas Legal name on to anyone 5 out 5 keep up the hard work you all take care.

Dean Cotterill

3 years ago

"Always kept informed of everything"

I have been really happy with the quality of the advice and help I have received over the period of my claim. Always kept informed of everything and my claim has been won and settled in my favour. I would recommend Carl and the team to everyone.

3 years ago

"Outstanding service"

I would like to say a massive thank you to Aequitas Legal for such an outstanding service. The service received was very professional and very swift, I was kept up to date at al times through letters and emails. I would absolutely recommend Aequitas Legal to anyone looking to pursue a personal injury claim - Thank You Aequitas Legal

Ranj Lal

4 years ago

"The team were very helpful"

My case went on for just over 2 years. The team were very helpful and Matthew made sure i was kept up to date and always asked for my opinion. There was no pressure and he offered his own opinion to help along the way. Thank you very much aequitas legal!

3 years ago

"Process was made simple"

My experience with Aequitas Legal was excellent overall. The process was made very simple and took up very little time on my part, particularly with use of the 'InCase' App and emails. My caseworker, Jane Hargreaves, was very approachable and friendly, and responded to queries promptly. I was expecting my case to take the best part of 6 months to resolve but was settled with my cheque in the post within just a few months. Very impressed at such a stress free and innovative experience and would recommend to others.

Amy Fox

3 years ago

"Kept updated regularly "

Aequitas Legal, a very professional company from Katie who helped with my initial inquiry to Suzanne, the solicitor, who handled my case. I was kept updated regularly on all aspects and developments and given sound advice regarding my claim. I particularly liked using the App on my mobile which was full of useful information. Great customer service with prompt responses to questions and queries, I would not hesitate to recommend them.
Thank you for a quick and easy settlement.

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