As Scotland comes top of the ‘potholes league’ questions are being asked about the state of our roads and the extent of the damage caused to vehicles by unrepaired potholes. Apart from the cost of repairing damaged cars, there is also an inherent danger of deep potholes causing road traffic accidents, as drivers lose control of their cars.
The Scottish Herald reports that the AA conducted a survey of over 22,000 of its members around the country and that 44% of Scottish drivers reported damage to their vehicles that was directly attributed to potholes in the roads. The potential for potholes to cause road accidents became clear when some drivers reported that they lost control of the car after driving over what can only be described as a dangerous hole in the road.
This is not just a Scottish problem as deep potholes are reported nationwide, but is it a problem that needs to be taken more seriously by our politicians? Leading personal injury firm, Accident Advice Helpline, is at the front line when it comes to any type of auto accident claim and believes that it is a problem that will not go away without a structured approach to maintaining our roads.
A representative of the company told us, “With the severe flooding and icy conditions in recent years, the state of our roads seems to have deteriorated significantly. We have found that the number of RTA claims resulting from accidents caused by poor road maintenance has increased considerably.”
He went on to say, “If the government adopted a systemised approach to road maintenance, rather than just ‘fire fighting’ problems as they arise, it would go a long way to reducing the number of accidents caused by poor road conditions.”
Accident Advice Helpline process all types of non-fault accident claim on a no win, no fee* basis. The 24-hour helpline number for anyone thinking of making a non-fault accident claim is 0800 689 0500.
Source: The Scotsman
Date Published: April 10, 2013
Author: David Brown