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Can a house be accident prone?

Published: Monday 29th of April 2013 | Author: Katie | Category: Industry News

Selling a house is a struggle at the best of time let alone if your house has the reputation of being ‘accident prone’. A retired couple can’t sell their £350,000 home because “it’s been hit by six cars in three years”, reports the Mail Online. To add insult to injury, Mr Wardle has had to repair the damage caused and even make £15,000 worth of insurance claims.

Being hit once is unfortunate, twice is coincidence but six times surely calls for something to be done? The couple’s home in Worcestershire, is in a 30mph speed zone, but is located 75 yards from a sharp bend which is a notorious black spot. A new online map has been created with the aim of showing road accident black spots in the UK, according to “Road users are being encouraged to contribute to the UK Road Accident Map by uploading details of accidents they have been involved in”.

Mr Wardle has made no secret of the fact he believes more needs to be done to prevent future crashes, which may once again hinder his chances of selling their property. Mr Wardle states “I need to get this sorted out because the crashed regularly destroys our home, and the council won’t respond to me”. People like Mr Wardle should benefit from the Road Accident Map introduction by empowering road safety campaigners to lobby for improved safety measures in their local areas.

The Mail Online reports, “Following the most recent incident, the county highways’ inspectors will carry out a further assessment of the road surface which may have deteriorated over the winter months, we will also liaise with West Mercia Police with the aim of increasing enforcement on site.”

Hopefully the couple is finally in the driving seat and moving forward….but no sign of moving house just yet! 

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