Potholes are a growing problem for motorists and pedestrians throughout Wiltshire, particularly those who find themselves involved in road traffic accidents or who suffer a slip, trip or fall as a direct result.
It can be expensive to have your vehicle’s axle and/or suspension repaired due to damage caused by potholes, but you may be eligible to claim for compensation.
How can I claim compensation for damage to my vehicle following a road traffic accident caused by a pothole?
Your eligibility to claim for compensation depends on whether your local authority was aware of the pothole and whether they had taken the right steps to repair it. If they had not taken the correct steps, then you may have a case.
Accident Advice Helpline can help you determine if you have an eligible compensation claim, and we operate on a 100 per cent no win, no fee* basis, so you will not be liable to pay any further costs should your claim be rejected.
Our advice line is answered 24/7, and you are welcome to speak with our friendly and professional advisers in confidence, with no obligation to proceed.
Alternatively you can use our ’30 second test’, which will help you identify almost immediately whether or not you qualify for a compensation claim.
Can I claim compensation if I am a passenger in a road traffic accident or if I suffer a personal injury as a pedestrian as a direct result of a pothole?
If you suffer an injury, either as a passenger in a pothole-related road traffic accident that wasn’t the driver’s fault, or as a result of a trip or fall as a pedestrian, you may still be eligible to claim for compensation. Your eligibility will depend on whether the driver is also eligible (if you were a passenger) and whether your local authority was aware of the pothole, either on the road or the pavement, but did not follow the necessary guidelines to fix it.
Some interesting facts about potholes and the damage they cause
- Local councils across the UK pay an average of £61.3million a year to fix dangerous potholes.
- In January 2013, compensation paid by councils across the West of England to drivers whose cars had been damaged by potholes rose past the £1million mark for the first time.
- The average pothole claim is for £1,300, and most claims come from drivers who are involved in a car accident as a result of avoiding one and then hitting a kerb, lamppost or bollard as result.
Date Published: October 2, 2013
Author: David Brown