As of March 2014, motoring groups estimated that the UK government needed to spend something in the order of £10.5 billion to get Britain’s roads shipshape and Bristol fashion. Without this money being spent, road users would be put at risk of suffering a Ripon car crash as a consequence of all the imperfections and potholes that litter the country’s highways and byways.
In his budget in the same month, Tory chancellor George Osborne pledged £340 million to help repair Britain’s roads, which had been made conceivably worse as result of the winter storms that took place earlier that year.
While by no means an insignificant sum, the amount Osborne put aside to improve UK roads was just a third of what many said was needed. As a consequence, if you drive a car, you’ll be at an increased risk of becoming involved in a Ripon car crash that was not your fault if you’re unfortunate enough to come a cropper after hitting a pothole.
While it will probably be of small comfort if you’ve just been injured in a pothole-related accident that was not your fault, you may be able to sue your local authority for a personal injury compensation payment if you find yourself in this situation.
Potholes and a Ripon car crash
Potholes don’t discriminate. Although ones on main roads that experience a lot of traffic are perhaps more likely to be filled in more quickly than others, you could be at risk of being injured in a Ripon car crash caused by a pothole just as much on packed motorways as well as quiet back roads. In most instances, an encounter with a pothole will only result in damage to your car and not to your person, but there will be a possibility that you might be hurt, especially if you were travelling at a fair old speed.
If you are injured in a Ripon car crash after hitting a pothole, you would be wise to gather as much evidence as you can in case you do want to take action against your local authority at a later time. As well as noting the date an exact time of your accident, you would be well advised to commit to memory exactly where the mishap took place. Use your smartphone to take pictures of the surrounds as well as the pothole itself, assuming you are not too badly injured to do so.
Call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone to find out if it might be able to offer you a 100% ‘no win, no fee’ personal injury solicitor to help you take action against your local authority.
Date Published: 22nd March 2014
Author: David Brown