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I was driving to work when my car hit the base of a missing bollard. The damage to my car cost over £1500 but the council have denied responsibility, they say the area was inspected two months before my accident and therefore they cannot be held liable.

The council has a duty to maintain and repair the majority of roads in its area. If the road was inspected regularly, as would seem to be the case, then you may have difficulty in overcoming its defence. It will depend on the type of road, the level of traffic on it, and whether the council knew or ought to have known about the missing bollard, your driving may also be a factor. You could try making a claim for compensation through the small claims court.

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