Road potholes are an ever increasing problem for motorists across Britain. Recent findings revealed that even if sufficient budgets were available, councils would take 11 years or more to repair all of Britain’s damaged roads and road potholes.
As it is, road standards continue to fall, with structural budgets already experiencing a massive £686 million shortfall. If roads are allowed to continue deteriorating at the rate they are, placing all road potholes in one line will make a stretch long enough to cover the M4 by 2030.
Frequency of Road Potholes
According to findings by a car insurance comparison company, drivers currently face a minimum of ten potholes a day, potentially costing them £400 a year. Already costing local authorities approximately £10.6 million each year in compensation pay-outs, they are a constant frustration to drivers and represent a risk of serious road accidents.
Potential risk of road traffic accidents
The trouble with potholes is that they are often almost invisible, especially in the dark or after heavy rain. Cars hitting a large pothole are at risk of blown tyres and, in the case of alloy wheels, even buckled wheels. If this was to happen at speed, a blown-out tyre could easily cause a serious motoring accident.
Cyclists and motorcyclists are at even greater risk of injuries by road accidents caused by potholes. Driving into a pothole can easily throw them off-balance and potentially catapult them into oncoming vehicles.
Then, of course, there is the risk of vehicles behind them not being able to stop in time after they have fallen, running them over as a result. The injuries received through motorcycle or cycling accidents like this can often be severe, if not fatal.
Claiming injury compensation
Claiming for injury compensation following a traffic accident caused by potholes is not simply a matter of getting some money to cover medical and other bills.
It is also about making councils aware of the fact that potholes have become a real danger and need to be dealt with.
Even if injuries are comparatively minor, making a claim will ultimately help to prevent another person getting seriously hurt or even killed.
Help is just a phone call away
If you were injured by a motorcycle accident, by cycling or by car accident due to a pothole in the road, Accident Advice Helpline can help you to receive the compensation you deserve and prevent others falling victim to the same pothole.
Available 24/7, the helpline is free and calls are dealt with confidentially.
Date Published: October 26, 2013
Author: David Brown