Potholes in the road can arise for various reasons, but they are a frequent complaint among road users. They are estimated to cost motorists millions every year in repairs and frequently cause suspension failures, axle failures, tyre damage and other mechanical damage to vehicles. As local authorities have much tighter budgets, road maintenance is currently underfunded which means that many road surfaces across the UK suffer from pothole damage.
Roads are not resurfaced as frequently as they should be and it is estimated that it could take 12 to 14 years to repair the damage to roads in England and Wales alone. Many road users suffer damage to their vehicle as a result of contact with a pothole which can prove costly and, as a result, many compensation claims are made annually to cover the cost of this damage. However, potholes may also cause an accident on the road which could result in injuries to road users.
Potential injuries from potholes
Potholes can cause your car to jerk forward which could result in a whiplash injury. In addition, contact with a pothole on the road could damage your tyres. If you are unable to fix them immediately, an accident could occur later on the road as you continue on your journey. Your car may also swerve off-road due to contact with a deep pothole which could also cause a collision and resulting injury to you and/or other road users. If you have been injured by a pothole and would like to pursue compensation, you can easily ring for representation.
How to pursue your claim
If you have been injured by a pothole, it is likely you could win a cash payout as your local authority may have been at fault. If the road has been poorly maintained and your injury has caused you to take time off work or you have suffered pain as a result, Accident Advice Helpline can assist you with your claim. Call us free on our 24-hour helpline to discuss representation and pursuing your claim for compensation with us. Our no win, no fee* policy will ensure your finances are protected throughout your claim.