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Hi all, can anyone help me???


2 days ago some gas works started in front of my house (I own the house and the road).

They digged many holes and put barriers all around IN MY FRONT GARDEN AND IN MY DRIVE!!! I live in a close.


The road was already very narrow and after they put barriers etc..... the road became even more narrow.

I own a very large and long family car and when I tried to get out,

the space left to me was so limited (I can prove that I took lots of pictures) that I had to reverse and I hit a tree:-x

(there was no lights at the time and it was dark).


I was left with a broken glass and a big bump on the boot.

The car paint was also damaged with lots of scratches because of branches.

I had to pay more than £300 pounds in insurance excess to get it fixed.

I have complained to the workers and they have make some space for me to move more easily and put some lights.


Now my question is: who's fault is it?

Can I ask the gas company for a financial compensation???

They said that they were not to blame and that I shouldn't have gone out ( can you beleive it!!:!:)

but I think that if there weren't there obstructing my way on my own property,

this would not have happened. So they are responsible.


I have never had a crash before in my whole life.

THEY made it impossible for me to get in and out of my house without damaging my car.

What do you think????

Am I in the position to make a claim????

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Sorry but I think you have to take responsibilty for the damage to your car. You were driving and the objects were stationary. Your car has lights and mirrors and no lighting is not a reason to blame anyone else for a crash. The gas company are unlikely to have planted the tree as part of their repairs and have a right to maintain their supply.

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Well as you own the "house and road" i would also assume you own the tree you hit as well.


Was the tree in the road? Have you never noticed that tall thing with lots of branches growing outide your house before?

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You knew about the obstruction, but you still made the decision to drive out despite being aware of the high risk of damage.


If you crash into a stationary object, it is only yourself to blame. Sorry.

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