Black ice

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  • Hit the deck pretty hard this morning in Southwark (rockingham st), lip is all busted up and knee and elbow took some damage. Builders came out to help and explained five other people this morning have had similar accidents. They apparently have appealed to council to grit this area but to no avail. Do I have a case for compensation against the council? I don’t earn much and am a contractor so lost earnings combined with damage to the bike hits me substantially.
    I’ll remember to stick to main roads next time it’s this cold!

  • If it's like potholes, you have to prove that the council wasn't doing their maintenance properly. That's likely not going to be very regular gritting on a side road though so I wouldn't think you'll get far. Black ice, unless from a broken pipe though isn't something they can really control, unlike fixing a pothole. No direct experience sorry.

  • Thanks man, I’m wondering if there’s something to be said for the fact people have been having accidents there often enough for the council to have been called, but no action taken. I always see cyclists on this road coming in both directions, it’s a popular route that avoids the roundabout so always has bike traffic on it.
    If I see the builders on my commute Monday morning I’ll stop for a chat with them to see if they know if anything was handled. In any case I owe them a packet of chocolate digestives for the attention and care they gave me when they saw the fall.

  • You could always ask the question - maybe speak to Leigh Day or similar legal entity.

    Good shout with the builders. Nice that some people are still.. nice

  • I found this which agrees with what Hippy said

    https://www.bikelawyer.co.uk/site/mcn-la­w-columns/can-i-claim-for-accident-cause­d-by-ice-on-the-road

    I ended up on my arse walking to the Station on Thursday morning, luckily no damage, Hope you heal up soon.

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