The parents of a teenager, who was badly injured when thrown from his bike after hitting a pothole, are seeking compensation from the local authority involved.
Ollie Pike, 15, was left bloodied and bruised following the pothole crash cycling accident near Cirencester in Gloucestershire at the beginning of March.
He suffered an injury to his collarbone, as well as multiple cuts and bruises, and also required stitches to a wound above his eye. There were also fears that the schoolboy from Chedglow in Wiltshirehad had injured his spine but hospital tests allayed those worries.
His parents are consequently looking to make a pothole crash claim against Gloucestershire County Council.
Bicycle injury compensation
If you have been hurt while riding your bike and it wasn’t your fault, then you could make a bicycle injury compensation claim.
Poor road conditions are a common cause of cycling accidents, and the local authority or Highways Agency may have a case to answer to.
“I was going down the hill at quite a leisurely pace,” Ollie told BBC Radio Wiltshire.
“There were potholes on the side of the road and as I was avoiding those, I just hit another one and went straight over the handlebars, landed on my face, and cracked my helmet.
“When I was on the floor waiting for the ambulance, I was scared because I couldn’t see out of my right eye. There was blood running down the road and I thought I’d done something to my eye, lost it or something like that.”
Gloucestershire County Council is not allowed to comment on individual cases, although a spokeswoman has said that the authority inspects its roads regularly and fixes them in line with national guidelines.
Source: BBC News