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    • Rmd1988
    • By Rmd1988 7th Feb 18, 5:59 PM
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    Damage from extension curb during roadworks
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    • 7th Feb 18, 5:59 PM
    Damage from extension curb during roadworks 7th Feb 18 at 5:59 PM
    This morning while driving to work, I had to drive through some temporary roadworks. The lights were on green so I followed a taxi through, which involved driving around onto the wrong side of the road and around a traffic island in the middle for pedestrians to cross.

    As I was going through, I felt a bang and realised Iíd hit a piece of extended curbing that was sticking out onto the road. I didnít notice it due to a direct low sun and also because it was in shade. Iíve captured the incident on dash cam and even watching it back, itís hard to see. Itís literally a square piece of curb sticking out by around 1m, presumably to stop people parking close to the traffic island in the middle of the road.

    Obviously, I pulled in as soon as I could and checked out the damage - popped tyre and some alloy scuffs which look awful.

    Now obviously, I did not see the curb people will say itís my fault for driving into a perminant object, but given that I was driving towards it from the opposite direction to what itís designed for, there were no markings leading up to it whereas there is for traffic coming the opposite direction. Also, the people doing the roadworks have placed traffic cones around every object on site, covering their parked vehicles, the signal box and the traffic lights so that people presumably can see them in all conditions.

    Since driving back this evening, that piece of curb now has 2 marking cones placed on it - is there a regulation regarding things like this? If so, the fact I have video evidence would surely go in my favour?

    Edit: I tried to post images that are screen grabs from the incident caught on my dash cam which shows my view (or lack off) but I canít due to being a new member
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    • Warwick Hunt
    • By Warwick Hunt 7th Feb 18, 6:02 PM
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    • 7th Feb 18, 6:02 PM
    Is the kerb you hit defective?
    • Rmd1988
    • By Rmd1988 7th Feb 18, 6:56 PM
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    • 7th Feb 18, 6:56 PM
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    • 7th Feb 18, 6:56 PM
    Itís not damaged, but was just not visible due to the roadworks and conditions. I have since found out that the works were being done by Northern Powergrid.
    • Warwick Hunt
    • By Warwick Hunt 7th Feb 18, 6:58 PM
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    • 7th Feb 18, 6:58 PM
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    • 7th Feb 18, 6:58 PM
    Itís not damaged, but was just not visible due to the roadworks and conditions. I have since found out that the works were being done by Northern Powergrid.
    Originally posted by Rmd1988
    So youíve simply kerbed the car?

    I canít see you having a valid claim due to driver error.
    • Tigsteroonie
    • By Tigsteroonie 7th Feb 18, 7:03 PM
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    • 7th Feb 18, 7:03 PM
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    • 7th Feb 18, 7:03 PM
    I'm of the mind that nothing ventured! Get more footage / photos that now show the kerb as being marked with cones. Get your car fixed, and then write to Northern Powergrid with all the photos and a copy of the invoice you paid for fixing your car. The worst they can say is "No".
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    • Rmd1988
    • By Rmd1988 7th Feb 18, 7:27 PM
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    • 7th Feb 18, 7:27 PM
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    • 7th Feb 18, 7:27 PM
    To put it bluntly yes - if I could upload photos it would be easier. The piece of curb in question is a small square shape that sticks out into the road to stop people parking beyond it. With the roadworks in place, it effectively became a chicane as it actually sticks out into the road.

    Coming from the normal traffic flow direction, it has white lines beside it so people can see it, but from the opposite direction with the 1 way flow, there were no markings. I probably would have seen it in clear conditions or if it was marked out, but a low sun had it cast in a shadow. Even from my dash cam, itís only visible in the final few frames of footage before I clipped it.
    • societys child
    • By societys child 7th Feb 18, 7:54 PM
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    I didn!!!8217;t notice it due to a direct low sun and also because it was in shade.
    You couldn't see but drove on anyway?

    • Tarambor
    • By Tarambor 8th Feb 18, 5:47 AM
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    As I was going through, I felt a bang and realised Iíd hit a piece of extended curbing that was sticking out onto the road. I didnít notice it due to a direct low sun and also because it was in shade.(
    Originally posted by Rmd1988
    You should be wearing sun glasses when driving at this time of year. They're more important in winter due to the low sun and especially when it reflects off wet roads than in summer.
    • Norman Castle
    • By Norman Castle 8th Feb 18, 9:35 AM
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    • 8th Feb 18, 9:35 AM
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    • 8th Feb 18, 9:35 AM
    There will be guidelines with regards to altering highways for temporary diversions. Try contacting the company doing the works or possibly the highways department of the council, they may be able to advise.
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    • Le_Kirk
    • By Le_Kirk 8th Feb 18, 9:45 AM
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    To put it bluntly yes - if I could upload photos it would be easier.
    Originally posted by Rmd1988
    Use a hosting site like tinypic or imgur then post the URL using hxxp instead of http and someone will fix the link for you.
    • AdrianC
    • By AdrianC 8th Feb 18, 10:16 AM
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    "I drove into a stationary object. How can I make somebody else pay?"
    • wgl2014
    • By wgl2014 8th Feb 18, 10:58 AM
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    Whilst the OP probably should have avoided the kerb it sounds like it was at least irresponsible to have placed it there.
    It would be helpful to see a photo of the offending kerb but going on what has been posted there's no harm contacting the company to see what they say.
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