Have you ever come across a pothole? If you are out and about on a regular basis the chances are the answer will be yes. They tend to be more likely to occur in bad weather when the ground is more likely to be affected by snow and ice. However, if the road surface is poor for some reason they may also be more likely to occur in these situations as well.
However, wherever they may crop up, it is good to know every council across the UK is working hard to ensure they are dealt with and resurfaced or filled again as quickly as possible. In some cases members of the public may alert them to potholes that need dealing with, so they are aware of where they are.
If you have ever tripped while walking over a pothole or crossing the road, you will know how nasty the injuries can potentially be. Pothole trip injuries may range from being quite minor – perhaps some cuts and scrapes – to more serious injuries such as torn ligaments or even facial injuries or broken bones. It all depends on the nature of the fall and who is unfortunate enough to go through it.
Why are some pothole trip injuries more severe than others?
This all depends on the severity of the pothole, who trips over it and how fast the person was going at the time. However, there is no need for the person to be running or jogging to potentially sustain a nasty injury. A lot may depend on how a person’s foot hits the pothole. While it is rare for someone to be badly injured it can potentially happen if they are unlucky and do not spot a pothole that could be quite deep or large in size.
Could you be in need of advice?
Maybe you have already tripped in a pothole and you are wondering whether you have the opportunity to seek no-obligation advice concerning your situation. If this is the case, Accident Advice Helpline is here to help you now. If you haven’t yet contacted us, do so now on 0800 689 0500 – our free 24/7 enquiry line. We have experienced and professional injury compensation advisers here that are ready to provide the service you need. Make sure you don’t miss the chance to potentially start a no win, no fee* compensation claim following your injuries.
Date Published: February 6, 2015
Author: David Brown
Category: Slips, Trips and Falls Claims