The road network in the UK is often subject to many defects due to the sheer footprint the highways creates. Inevitably incident will occur as a result.
InterRisk solutions is able to help minimise the cost impact of incidents and find the correct defendant to discuss a claimants claim. Early intervention, containment and management of claimants expectations is key in reducing the overall impact that costs have on organisations with an interest in the public highways. If you would like to know how our claims intervention and management services can help your organisation please get in touch.
Section 58 of the Highways Act 1980
This statutory defence allows a council or highways agency to defend claims on the basis that they had taken reasonable measures to ensure that problems such as potholes are found and dealt with swiftly.
All councils should have a reasonable system in place whereby they regularly inspect roads and repair them if necessary. Provided they have followed their system as they should, they may be able to reject your claim. However, if you can prove that they haven’t, or that their system differs from the recommendations of the national recommended standards for highway maintenance, then you may be able to claim.
Please visit http://www.ukroadsliaisongroup.org/roads/code_of_practice.htmto see the current code of practice and the “Well Maintained Highways” guidelines councils need to adhere to
Whilst you are on this website, you might want to download a copy of ‘Highway Risks and Liability Claims’ as this will inform you of how and why the council will defend against your claim.
As a valued client of interRisk solutions you are also provided with our complimentary accident assistance cover for future peace of mind. With benefits including assistance in the event of an accident, car hire for road traffic accidents, family accident benefit and of course our no win no fee pledge.