Potholes can be more than just a nuisance to drivers and cyclists. A defective road surface significantly increases the chances of being involved in a road traffic accident; and potholes are arguably the most common defect on the road, that most drivers are aware of.
That being said, it is not just potholes that we must look out for while on the road, there are a number of other defects that can cause injury to you or damage your vehicle.
Perhaps even worse than potholes, are the dreaded sinkholes. Whilst potholes arise as a result of surface conditions, sinkholes occur when the land beneath the road collapses and causes a deep crevice in the road. In March 2015, motorists in Dublin were shocked to find that a busy city centre street had partially collapsed into what was believed to have been a tunnel system.
Over time, a road surface becomes eroded due to a combination of the traffic passing over a particular stretch of road and the environmental conditions such as rain and frost. This decreases the amount of grip that a vehicle has and increases the chances of being involved in a collision.
Worn road markings
Over time, the paint used to mark road surfaces deteriorates. This makes it difficult for motorists and cyclists to accurately follow the road. If a road surface is insufficiently marked, it may cause drivers to take wrong turns or stop suddenly, increasing the chances of an accident.
Claiming for a traffic collision
If you’ve been involved in a car accident within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, did you know you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation?
Contact Accident Advice Helpline to find out how you could make a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* claim for compensation.
Compensation won’t take away the pain that you’ve suffered but it can help ease the financial burden that arises as the result of being involved in an accident such as a car crash. Suffering an accident can leave you unable to work and pay the bills and at Accident Advice Helpline we understand how difficult and stressful this experience can be. That’s why we aim to make the claim process as transparent and efficient as possible, from the first point of contact with one of our friendly, professional advisors, right up until your claim has been processed.
Call us today on Freephone number 0800 689 0500, for more information.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice