Driver compensation amounting to £31.6 million has been paid out by the government due to damages arising from poorly maintained roads. The figures are thought to be due to the cuts made to budgets in recent years, resulting in badly damaged roads and a failure to maintain roads. Parliament’s accounts committee state it costs £52 fill in a pothole on average but costs £70 in London. Instead of repairing the roads, government had to pay out compensation as a result of the damage to cars and other vehicles. Surveys showed that public satisfaction with the condition of the roads was at its lowest since 2008. Cuts to road improvements were made as a result of the coalition government’s spending review in 2010 and the deterioration is thought to be worth £344 billion.
Road maintenance cuts were made to the amount of £1.2 billion as of April 2011 but extra funding was needed for Britain’s roads on nine occasions thereafter totalling £1.1 billion. The Highways Agency was supposed to face a 19% cut in funding but the cut has only amounted to 7% over four years due to emergency funds being needed to make improvements. The Chairman of the Highways Agency has stated that preventative work to the roads would be less expensive than having to pay compensation to the large number of drivers coming forward. It is thought spending on Britain’s roads could increase by 10% in 2014 and by 5% in 2015.
Risks of road damage
Driver compensation may have been paid out as a result of damage to vehicles but it could also be paid out if poor road maintenance results in a road traffic accident. Provided that you have been driving carefully and following the rules of the road, you may be able to win compensation if you suffer an accident because of poor road maintenance. If you have suffered an injury on the road due to an accident that was the fault of someone else, you could win a cash sum to help you cope with the costs associated with your injuries.
How to get help with your claim
Accident Advice Helpline offers no-obligation advice over the telephone so you can give us a call to speak to a member of our team about claiming compensation. If you have suffered injuries in a road traffic accident that was the fault of another driver or another body (such as a local authority) then you may be able to win a cash payout which could contribute to the costs of repairs to your car or any medical costs associated with your injuries.
Date Published: October 8, 2014
Author: David Brown