According to research carried out by ‘Which’ magazine, local authorities have estimated that it would cost £12.93 billion to clear the backlog of road maintenance works in the UK. The research also revealed that £22.8 million was paid out to compensate motorists for the damage to their cars caused by driving over potholes.
An astonishing estimate of the cost to maintain UK roads has fuelled fears that the problem of potholes is only going to get worse for drivers. The figure of £12.93 billion, provided by local authorities as an estimate of the cost to bring our roads up to standard, equates to £52,583 per mile in England alone. Could this problem be getting out of hand and what can be done to improve driving conditions for road-weary motorists?
Although extra funding has been provided by the government, it is feared that some local councils have been settling compensation claims on their insurance rather than spend their road maintenance budgets on filling in the potholes. In 2012, £22.8 million in compensation was paid out to motorists for pothole damage to their cars and with the recent snow, ice and floods, this figure could increase again in 2013.
A spokesperson from top personal injury claim advice provider, Accident Advice Helpline, said,
“It is not just damage to tyres that is the problem. Repairs to the suspension and steering can be very expensive and it is no wonder that drivers want to be compensated for this cost. Many motorists feel that safety is being put at risk by leaving these potholes unrepaired and the danger is even greater for cyclists. Successful claims are commonplace and in addition to the risk to vehicles, there is also a risk to life.”
The growing backlog of repairs is set to increase further unless action is taken immediately, however, as every winter brings with it more extreme weather.
Accident Advice Helpline offers expert legal advice to those thinking of making a non-fault accident claim. Many people go on to make successful claims on a no win no fee* basis. The helpline number can be reached on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.