Damaged bumper in a pub car park

I recently entered a pub car park. On finding a space I went in forwards very slowly. As I backed up to straighten the car there was a grinding sound from the front of the car. I got out to see what the problem was to find my bumper very badly split.

I looked to see what could have caused this to find the pub had segregated the car park with railway sleepers. The sleeper I parked up to had a three inch bolt sticking out of it.

I had driven over the bolt and as the bolt was bent towards my car it acted like a hook and ripped straight through my bumper.

It was dark and wet and the sleeper, being only a several inches off the floor, wasn't visible, let alone the bolt that ripped through my bumper.

I can't see how I could have avoided this potential hazard and I feel the pub was negligent in installing a train sleeper as a way of segregating a car park.

I am claiming against there liability insurance. Do I have a good case?

Asked on 4 January 2012 by larrythelamb

Answered by Honest John
Yes, you probably do. It is "resonable" for you to expect to be able to park in a designated parking space without damage. It is not "reasonable" to boobytrap a parking space, even unintentionally.
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