A public highway consists of any route you can walk across, such as a pavement, path or road. The local council, Manchester, Tameside, Salford, Trafford, Stockport, Bolton Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, or Wigan, have a duty to maintain the highways within their vicinity and to keep them safe, reducing or even ensuring that any hazard that may cause a member of public to trip or fall is repaired.
A defect on a highway may be a cracked pavement, a raised gully / drain, or anything causing you to trip up and or fall and sustain injury. It is very important to get the measurements of the tripping hazard, so that the offending defect is located and repaired and also that there is no dispute later on, especially if the defect is repaired /replaced.
The council is usually alerted to such defect on a highway or hazards via a member of the public or when they perform their statutory inspections of the area, the frequency of which depends on the classification of the area. A busy city centre location with a lot of footfall requires inspections to be carried out every month; however, a rural location may only be inspected annually.
The surrounding areas will fall somewhere in between and the inspections will be carried out accordingly. The relevant council are governed by a Code of Practice confirming the classifications and how often an inspection is to be carried out.
If you suffer any injuries as a result of any of a defect, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. For more information about how Cheadle Solicitors, can assist you making a compensation claim, call us on 0161 464 4323.