The number of pothole compensation claims has risen in the area of Lincolnshire, sparking concerns that local authorities are spending less on road maintenance. Statistics have revealed that almost 1,500 compensation claims have been made between 2012 and 2013 alone in the Lincolnshire area, which has now been dubbed the pothole capital of Britain. The county has paid out the most money in compensation claims regarding potholes than anywhere else in the UK and the figure jumped from £133,015 in 2012 to £157,266 in 2013. These figures indicate that the county continues to struggle with potholes and their related claims. Lack of government investment in road surface repairs appears to be the problem according to Councillor Richard Davies, Lincolnshire’s highways executive member.
Councillor Davies also states that, where liable, local authorities pay compensation to those who have suffered pothole injuries as well as damage to their vehicles. Although the damage to the roads is significant, the government have set aside £5.5 million to repair potholes which Lincolnshire council have pledged to match in order to fix this ongoing problem. One claimant won a cash payout of £9,615 after stepping in a pothole causing them to fall and sustain injuries. Another claimant won £6,500 in 2012 after tripping in a large pothole and falling. The Institute of Advanced Motorists have stated that potholes can also cause an accident on the road which could result in injury.
Injuries caused by potholes
Vehicles which come into contact with a pothole could suffer damage which can be costly to repair. Suspension damage and tyre damage can, in turn, cause an accident on the road or the vehicle may veer off-course as a result of contact with a large pothole. In addition to vehicle-related injuries, pothole injuries could be sustained by tripping or falling after stepping in a pothole. This could result in serious injury and time off work. If this has happened to you, you could also win a cash payout for your injuries. Give Accident Advice Helpline a call to discuss making a claim.
Claiming for pothole injuries
It doesn’t matter whether you were involved in a car accident or you were injured after stepping in a pothole, Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in making a claim for compensation. We can represent you and help you collect evidence to support your case so give our team a call on 0800 689 0500 to discuss pursuing a cash payout. Alternatively, contact us via our website, using our online 30-second test to determine how successful you are likely to be.
Date Published: October 30, 2014
Author: David Brown