Potholes occur in roads and also sometimes in pavements. They happen for all kinds of reasons, but when they crop up they have the potential to cause damage to vehicles and to incur injuries to individuals who happen to be walking by or getting out of their car. Cyclists and motorcyclists can also potentially be injured if they happen to hit a pothole in the road.
A pothole fall can be quite a shock, since they can be quite difficult to see if you are not aware they are there in the first place. They can potentially be quite significant in size, although even the smallest dip in the road or pavement surface could potentially be big enough for a person to catch their foot in.
In some cases people don’t fall over if they catch a foot in a pothole. However, they may end up sustaining some painful injuries in any case.
Are these types of falls quite nasty?
They could be, yes, but it does depend on each individual situation. Fortunately every council has a duty of care to attend to potholes and to make sure the road and pavement surfaces are as good as they can be. Every council spends a large amount of money maintaining these surfaces and making sure they are safe for all who use them. As such many potholes are filled quite quickly so as to ensure they are much safer. This helps to prevent the potential for these types of accidents to occur in certain circumstances, which is good news for everyone.
Are you considering looking into compensation for a pothole fall?
There are many people we speak to every year who want to find out more about making a claim for compensation. Our no win, no fee* claim model means you have nothing to lose by calling Accident Advice Helpline today. Indeed, you could end up better off for it if you discover that we can back your case. Our enquiry line is free on 0800 689 0500 and open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so make sure you seek the advice you are looking for just when you need it most.
Category: Slips, Trips and Falls Claims