The ever-increasing number of deep potholes on UK roads has led safety campaigners to blame them for a number of different types of road accident. Not only dangerous for cyclists and bikers, the fact that car drivers swerve around potholes to avoid damage to their cars can easily contribute to serious road accidents. So what can be done to help this seemingly impossible situation?
Good advice is to report dangerous potholes to the local authority if they have caused a problem to road users, and to photograph the pothole in relation to its surroundings so that its location can be easily identified.
According to the Potholes.co.uk website, ‘Authorities currently pay out more than £50 million in compensation claims due to poor roads’ but that ‘road maintenance in England and Wales is underfunded by around 50%, or £1 billion every year.’
These figures illustrate the scale of the problem facing local councils, and the situation does not look like it will improve in the near future. With drivers and local residents now prepared to report problem potholes more quickly, however, it is hoped that the worst cases will be repaired promptly by the local authority concerned. After all, it is in their own interests to act quickly to avoid expensive claims being made against them.
A spokesperson from leading car accident settlements law firm, Accident Advice Helpline, had this to say about a burgeoning problem for local authorities,
“A combination of a harsh winter and a lack of government money has left many UK roads in a terrible condition. It’s bad enough for drivers having to negotiate these potholes, but for cyclists in particular, the dangers are very real.”
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Date Published: October 16, 2013
Author: David Brown