Maintaining roads in the UK is the responsibility of the local authorities, but being as cash-strapped as they are they are not always kept in as good as condition as they should be. Potholes and bad road surfaces account for many accidents on our roads, particularly for two-wheeled riders.
If a cyclist or motorbike rider suddenly comes across potholes, it is often too late for them to avoid them and they are thrown from their bike. This can be quite a simple incident, and they can fall off and be okay apart from a few cuts and grazes, but it can also be extremely serious if they are thrown into the path of traffic coming the other way, or into a wall.
Why victims do not claim for damage caused by potholes
Statistics show that well over half of drivers and riders do not bother to claim for damage to their vehicles caused by potholes; they just seem to accept what has happened and settle the bill themselves. It can only be assumed that either they do not realise they can claim, or the prospect of having to deal with the local council is too daunting.
The problem is that while your car or bike is repairable or replaceable if it is damaged in an accident, if you sustain serious injuries you might not be, and you could be disabled for the rest of your life as a result of the negligence of the local council.
The results of damage caused to you by potholes
The injuries that faultless victims can sustain after hitting a pothole can be very serious and could be:
- Broken bones;
- Facial injuries;
- Internal injuries;
- Head or brain injuries;
- Back or spine injuries; and
- Soft tissue injuries.
This list is not exhaustive by any means, but it is meant as a sample to show how severe the results of hitting a pothole can be.
Making a claim
The majority of accidents for two-wheeled riders are solo events where no other vehicle is involved, and a lot of those are because of the state of our roads. If you find yourself in the situation where you have been injured in this way, your injuries were bad enough to need medical attention and the accident happened no more than three years ago, then you could be entitled to claim compensation.
Do not be put off making a claim because you are worried about dealing with the bureaucrats; just contact Accident Advice Helpline and we will do it for you. We specialise in making personal injury claims of all types, and ones caused by bad roads are nothing new to us. We have successfully handled many of these claims, and made sure that the injured party has received the compensation to which they were entitled.
Complete the 30-second test on our website, or call our advisors on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or dial 0333 500 0993 from a mobile today to start your personal injury claim.
Date Published: 26th March 2014
Author: David Brown