Potholes, broken pavements and other effects of a road in disrepair mean local roads are a danger to pedestrians, cyclists and drivers everywhere. Cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians in particular are at risk of sustaining personal injuries by accidents caused by potholes and other slip or trip hazards.
Often deep and, during periods of bad weather, hidden under puddles of water, potholes can cause serious accidents on the road if unsuspecting cyclists or motorcyclists hit them and subsequently lose control of their cycles or motorbikes. Even car drivers could lose control of their vehicles and cause car crashes if a pothole should cause a tyre to blow out.
Who to report to
You can help to prevent road traffic accidents caused by potholes and otherwise poorly maintained roads by reporting hazardous conditions to the relevant authorities. In 95 per cent of cases, in Wales and England, the responsibility to maintain and repair local roads is in the hands of local authorities. Should you notice a particularly bad pothole or crumbling pavement, for example, you should contact the highways department of your local council.
When local roads cause mishaps
Should you sustain a slip, trip or fall injury or have a cycling, motorcycling or car accident because a local road is in disrepair, you could qualify for personal injury compensation. As with other car accident claims, slip injury claims, and so on, you will need to provide evidence to support your claim, so if at all possible, take photographs of the scene of your accident in particular the offending pothole, pavement or other hazard responsible for your accidental injury and secure the contact details of witnesses.
When and how to make a claim
Claims for passenger or driver injury; cycling or motorcycling injury and slip, fall or trip injury compensation must be set into motion within three years of the accidents leading to such injuries. You can get a claim for compensation started by visiting Accident Advice Helpline and completing the 30-second test or by calling our firm’s 24/7 advice line.
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Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice