According to recent information the number of dangerous potholes being repaired throughout Surrey is going down. Back in 2011 some 98% of all potholes reported were repaired. Yet by 2014 that figure had gone down to just 68.6% of all those reported. This amounted to 15,078 potholes being repaired out of a total number of 22,153. The overall number has dropped and yet fewer of these potholes are being repaired to ensure the roads are in better condition again.
Someone who knows just how dangerous potholes can be is Tony Webber. He is a cyclist who lives in Surrey and he was injured back in April when he was thrown from his bicycle after hitting a pothole. The road that he had his accident in is still to be properly repaired following his crash. Cyclists are particularly at risk when it comes to accidents involving potholes. It is very easy for the front wheel to catch even a small pothole and to throw the cyclist off their bike. If they happen to fall into the path of another vehicle this can lead to serious injuries. When Tony Webber fell off his bike he sustained nasty facial injuries as a result.
Are potholes that dangerous?
They can be; it all depends on how big and deep they are. A pothole that is mildly annoying for a car driver could be exceptionally dangerous for a cyclist or someone on a motorbike for example. It is not always necessary to be going at a reasonable speed to have an accident that causes you injury either. This is why it is worrying if fewer dangerous potholes are being repaired, especially if it happens to occur where you live. Even if you are alert it is still easy to miss these potholes and to have an accident as a consequence.
Do you need advice regarding an accident involving dangerous potholes?
It is wise to get no-obligation advice from a professional injury compensation lawyer as soon as you can after an accident of this nature. It will enable you to understand the position you are in so you can tell whether you are able to make a no win, no fee* claim against the other party. If there is evidence of negligence in terms of whether the pothole could have been filled, it is possible to claim compensation. Contact AAH now on our free 24/7 enquiry line to find out more.
Date Published: September 19, 2014
Author: David Brown