What is a pothole?
Potholes are craters in the road, formed after seepage of water, freezing conditions and then a thaw. The ice expands the surface of the road and then when it melts leaves behind a hole.
Figures from the Department of Transport show that “poor or defective road surface” as a factor in 11 deaths and 217 serious injuries as well as over 900 slight injuries in statistics on road traffic accidents.
Many of these people would be able to claim for car crash compensation and calling Accident Advice Helpline can help their process.
What accidents do they commonly cause?
Cycling accidents. In fact, according to British Cycling and the charity CTC, potholes cause ten to 15 per cent of cycling accidents, either through unseating the rider or from being hit by a car after swerving to avoid one.
Potholes also cause slips, trips and falls to pedestrians, potentially leading to broken bones or head injury.
Accidents on the road caused by larger potholes where the driver loses control of his vehicle can cause injury to the driver and passengers alike. With regards to motorbike accidents, due to the lower weight and distribution, the result of a motorbike hitting a pothole at high speed can be a serious injury or death.
Potholes can cause significant damage to vehicles even if they do not result in a road traffic accident; after repeated journeys you may need repairs to your suspension.
How to claim compensation
Councils in the UK pay out millions of pounds in compensation each year as a result of potholes and if you have been in a car accident that caused an injury or damage then you can claim for compensation.
Local authorities are not required to fix every hole in the road but it is necessary they have a system in place to deal with poor road surfaces. If the pothole has been previously reported then it will increase your chances of a successful claim.
Gather all the information you have and contact Accident Advice Helpline on our Freephone number to start the process in gaining your road traffic accident compensation. It is helpful to take photographs and to ask local residents how long the pothole has been there.
With this information Accident Advice Helpline’s large legal team will be able to prepare the best possible case for your claim. Speak with one of our advisors today on Freephone number, 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice