1st Post so be Gentle with Me ? Advice on Temporary Traffic Management
I have a confession I am an occasional cyclist more for exercise to keep fit but have recently had a collision with a house door canopy whilst driving and towing my caravan ??
Maybe this is not the correct forum but hopefully a friendly reader might direct me to a more suitable website forum ?.
Whilst towing my caravan for in warranty repairs in an unfamiliar area I had to follow a diversion put in place by the local council due to a road closure. This forced me down a single carriageway two way road and then an immediate right turn into a street where cars where parked against houses due to the narrow width of the street. This forced an immediate transfer to the opposite side of the road into the oncoming traffic. Unfortunately as I began to pass the parked vehicles another vehicle began to approach from the opposite direction blocking my route. After failing to persuade the oncoming driver to reverse as I was towing my caravan I decided to pull over into a large gap in the parked cars close to the houses. I signaled the oncoming driver to proceed and began to pull out from my temporary location. Unfortunately the back end of my caravan came into contact with the projecting door canopy pulling half of it down and damaging my caravan.
I felt that if temporary traffic lights had been in use where the cars where parked this accident would not have happened. Needless to say there was little thought given to Cyclists or pedestrian access. I decided yo write to the local council to ask if I could be compensated due to their lack of proper traffic management. As you might expect they fobbed me off explaining that the highways department had managed the road works in accordance with the Safety of Street works and Road Works code of Practice 2010 which I have since found out doesn't exist only a consultation document which may not be adopted.
Has any forum member had any success in obtaining recompense after such an event ? as I now face the prospect of losing two no claims bonuses one from my caravan insurance and one from my car insurance as each covers different parts of the accident.
Hope someone can advise
Sorry for the ramble !
Many Thanks in advance