If you have had an accident that was contributed to by a defect on the road, you may be able to claim reimbursement of your losses if you can prove that we have failed in our duties. Usually, the majority of road-related claims against the County Council are defended successfully.
We have a robust system to demonstrate that we take all reasonable steps to make sure roads are safe. In practice, this means that all inspections and repairs carried out form the basis of the authority's statutory defence against any claim under the Highways Act 1980.
The Highway Safety Inspection Manual describes how we comply with the national standards for road inspections and maintenance. This website tells you about the code of practice:Well Maintained Highways – Code of Practice for Highway Maintenance Management.
You can find a copy of the Highway Inspection Manual in the Information and resources section of this page.
How to make a claim
Please write or email details of your claim to the address at the bottom of the page so that we can investigate your claim. Please make sure you include the requested information below relevant to the type of claim you are making.
Motor insurance incidents
If you have been involved in an incident with a Somerset County Council vehicle, please provide the following information:
- Full name and address
- Vehicle registration
- Date of incident
- Location of incident
- Circumstances of incident
- Damage sustained
- Insurance details if necessary
If you have suffered personal injury or damage to your property which you believe has been caused by the negligence of Somerset County Council and you wish to make a claim against the Council, please provide:
- Your full name and address
- If you sustained an injury, include your date of birth and National Insurance Number
- The date of the incident
- The cause of incident
- The precise location of the incident
- The damage caused, including amount of loss
- Photographs, if available
- Copy of estimates or invoices
How long does it take?
When you contact us we will acknowledge receipt of your claim within 7 working days and tell you if we have enough information to investigate it.
We expect to have finished our investigations of your incident within 40 working days and will tell you whether we consider ourselves to be able to successfully defend this matter in the courts or concede.
If there are any delays in our investigation, which will significantly extend the life of the claim, we will make every effort to tell you.