A 45-year-old man was thrown from his bicycle after striking a pothole while riding along Devon’s A375. When medical staff subsequently treated the father-of-three, they stated that his injuries had been inches away from causing permanent paralysis. X-rays revealed broken vertebrae and a dislocated shoulder. The indent in the tarmac measured some 50 x 33 cm, and was at least four centimetres in depth. His helmet and bike were both ruptured.
The cyclist, who works as a fire fighter, recalled striking the uneven surface and being launched over his handlebars while cruising at around 25 mph. His next clear memory was of coming to, sprawled between the embankment and the road. After waiting on an ambulance by the roadside for an hour, he was rushed to the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital. The outcome of his serious pothole injuries was that his broken back required a six-week recuperation, strapped to a back brace. Given the physical nature of his job, he was liable to be signed-off for a considerable time.
What can be done to pre-empt these road accidents?
The problem with the UK’s road networks is that they are under sustained pressure from traffic and the elements. The result of this is that pockmarks inevitably appear in the tarmac, ranging from minor dents to the larger craters capable of inflicting serious pothole injuries. It is the duty of the government to ensure that public highways are maintained to a safe standard in order to prevent serious harm coming to road users, whether they are cyclists or motorists. The after effects of collisions with potholes can range from cuts to life-threatening injuries, so local councils have a duty to act on incidents reported to them.
Accident Advice Helpline deals with pothole injuries every year
If you have sustained an injury due to a pothole and wish to investigate the possibility of making a claim, we want to hear from you today. If your accident occurred within the previous three years, you may well have a case. We might be able to provide all the legal assistance you need for a no win, no fee* compensation claim to be put forward. Call Accident Advice Helpline straight away, on 0800 689 0500, so your case can be assessed by a compensation claims lawyer. You can also take our 30-second online test to clarify things.
Source: Sidmouth Herald
Date Published: February 19, 2015
Author: David Brown