Areas of Law / Personal Injury

Who is responsible for “adopted” land? I had a nasty fall in a pothole alongside an adopted road and feel there should have been a railing to prevent anyone coming to grief.

If the local highway authority has “adopted” a road, it will have a duty to maintain everything within the road’s boundaries, including its surface, verges, pavements and the like. If you were injured on a private, unadopted road, even if there is a public right of way, its upkeep will be the responsibility of the owners or the properties bordering it. You should ask a solicitor specialising in personal injury claims to investigate ownership of the road and whether it should have been maintained better. It needn’t cost you anything.

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