Plans to cut the money spent on repairing damaged roads in Walsall could lead to an increase in pothole injuries claims according to a report made out to the council. The amount of cash spent on fixing potholes is set to be reduced by 20% in the next two years under proposals made by Walsall City Council. However, there have been warnings that the reduction in funding could cost the council more money in insurance claims and the exposed potholes could put the public at a greater risk of injury.
The highway maintenance budget is used to repair footways, guardrails and damage to the road but the reduction in the budget could be introduced as early as 2016/2017. The council needs to save £86 million from its budget over the next five years and are planning to introduce fees for parking in certain areas of the town. However, this has been met with opposition from the public who say it will affect trade in the town. This money is said to be going towards cleaning and maintaining car parks in the area.
Pothole injuries and accidents
Potholes are the main complaint among drivers due to the damage they can do to their vehicles. However, large numbers of potholes and deep potholes on the roads could cause a road traffic accident and could potentially injure a number of people.
A pedestrian could easily trip in a pothole and damage their foot or ankle or a cyclist could be knocked off of their bike because of a pothole. In addition, cars may veer off-course or tyre damage could cause an accident further down the road. If you have suffered an injury due to a pothole, you could potentially win a cash payout with the right help.
How to get advice
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which deals with claims from victims of road accidents every day. If you have suffered injuries due to a pothole on the road, you could be entitled to a cash sum to compensate you for your inconvenience and pain.
We can offer you no-obligation advice and can arrange for representation to take your case on. Give us a call on our free 24-hour helpline to talk to one of our experts regarding your personal injury claim.