Tower Hamlets Council is parting with £122,000 every single year as a result of pothole accidents. The total amount paid out between January 2009 and June 2014 amounts to £673,623.54. This works out to an average of £122,477.01 every year. The largest pay-out to have been agreed is £80,000.
However these figures only tell half the story. According to the data provided the number of complaints has been rising significantly in recent times. In the 12 months from July 2013 through to June 2014 a total of 461 complaints were received. The previous 12-month period saw 395 complaints received. Furthermore the 395 complaints received during that period were over twice as many in number as the previous year.
In addition to the £80,000 pay-out mentioned above (paid to a motorcyclist in March 2013) a further pay-out of £77,500 was received by an individual for an accident sustained in February 2010. It was pointed out that the dangers posed to cyclists and motorcyclists are even worse than those posed to drivers. People on two wheels can be thrown off their bikes quite easily by pothole accidents, leading to severe injuries and damaged bikes in some cases.
The council is aiming to find and fix more potholes in a faster time in the coming months.
How dangerous can potholes be?
Pothole accidents are very easily caused if a car hits a pothole deep enough to pull its wheels out of alignment. You might end up having the steering wheel pulled out of its current position, which could in turn lead to an accident. Even if you don’t end up causing anyone else any harm it can still cause significant damage to your car. It is one thing to keep an eye out for potholes but you cannot always see them. You could hit one without realising it was even there when approaching it.
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Date Published: September 19, 2014
Author: David Brown