of a successful claim after forks gouged by tarring and chipping?

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of a successful claim after forks gouged by tarring and chipping?

Postby mjr » 18 Jul 2019, 10:28am

fausto copy wrote:The Highways department have just "resurfaced" the main road near here.
It's the usual hot tar and chippings.
A gravel bike might be most useful for the next month or so until all the loose chipping have been transferred everywhere but where they started. :roll:

I've recently received reports of a tarred and over-chipped road being reopened before it had set. Some bikes have been harmed, including at least one carbon bike where the inside of the forks have been seriously gouged/scored by chippings that were tarred to the wheel sides. I've advised them to take pictures of everything and claim for new forks, possibly frame too if the stays have suffered the same.

In the past I've claimed successfully for new tyres destroyed after a road was reopened unswept with sharp planings over it, but I expect them to fight a more expensive frame claim more strenuously, so has anyone here successfully claimed for forks or frame damaged by roadworks or can you put me in touch with anyone who has?
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Re: of a successful claim after forks gouged by tarring and chipping?

Postby LollyKat » 18 Jul 2019, 10:53am

Good luck with that! If there was a "loose chippings" sign the HD will probably shelter behind it.

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Re: of a successful claim after forks gouged by tarring and chipping?

Postby mjr » 18 Jul 2019, 11:55am

LollyKat wrote:Good luck with that! If there was a "loose chippings" sign the HD will probably shelter behind it.

I suspect it was the usual "loose chippings max 20mph" sign. It wasn't the loose chippings that caused the problems, but the exposed wet tar, so I doubt that sign suffices for reopening the road too soon.

Maybe I should advise the riders to submit FoIA requests for the job paperwork. Maybe there's some sort of log or checklist to show when it was checked and signed off as safe, possibly after they passed through.
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Re: of a successful claim after forks gouged by tarring and chipping?

Postby francovendee » 20 Jul 2019, 9:52am

You mean they actually repair the roads in the UK :shock: