Thousands of people use a bike to get from A to B each day. We’re actively encouraged to get on our bikes, but what happens if the road surface is unsafe? If you’ve been injured as a result of potholes in cycle lanes, for example, you may be wondering whether you could claim compensation.
Can cyclists claim for injuries caused by potholes in cycle lanes?
Potholes are holes in the road surface which are caused by a combination of wear and tear and water. Moisture beneath the surface of the road weakens the tarmac, causing potholes to form. The more traffic there is, the larger the hole is likely to become. If you hit a pothole in a car, it may do damage to your tyres, but it’s unlikely to cause a road accident.
When you’re on a bike, however, the risk of danger may be elevated. If you’re cycling along and you come across a pothole in the road, it can put you off balance, and cause you to fall from the bike. If traffic is passing, and you fall into the road, you run the risk of incredibly serious, even life-threatening, injuries. You may have a case for compensation if you’ve been injured as a result of potholes in cycle lanes. If the pothole has been reported, but not repaired, you should have a good chance of making a successful cycle injury claim.
How can I claim compensation?
To make a cycle accident claim, you need to show that you were not liable for the accident. If you’ve been injured in an accident that involved a collision with a car, for example, you would need to prove that the driver of the car was to blame. In the case of potholes, you would have to demonstrate that the local authority responsible for maintaining the road surfaces was at fault. It’s not always as straightforward as saying that you hit a pothole in a cycle lane. Councils may only be required to carry out repairs when issues have been reported. If they’re unaware of the pothole, they may not have to accept liability.
If you’re interested in finding out more about claiming compensation for a cycling accident, call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone. We have more than 15 years of experience, and we operate on a no-win, no-fee* basis.
Date Published: March 13, 2017
Author: Accident Advice