Cyclist thrown from his bike while doing 30mph after hitting a giant pothole

Father-of-one, Richard Gummery, 45, was injured while on his bicycle as a result of pothole in the road, measuring in at 18 inches long and 5inches deep.

Mr Gummery was catapulted off his bike and suffered a broken elbow as well as multiple cuts to his face and head, before being taken to hospital where doctors discovered he had shattered a bone in his elbow.

He needed an emergency three-hour operation as a result and spent two nights in hospital before being sent home to recover.

Today, Mr Gummery, who lives in Much Dewchurch, Herefordshire, blasted his local council for not doing more to keep the roads safe.

He said: “You often have people like me who work early hours and when you cannot see the potholes it becomes particularly difficult.

“The main roads are okay, but the side roads are appalling. Tidying up the roads must be one of Herefordshire Council’s top priorities.

“I’ve been cycling for 20 years and on the side roads it has definitely got worse. Once they are there and reported, they should be filled in.

“People pay their council taxes and all you ask is they collect the bins on time and keep the roads tidy.

'But it has obviously not been happening.'

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin confirmed this week that Herefordshire Council will get £3,538,803 for road repairs following the wet winter and North Herefordshire’s Tory MP Bill Wiggin has urged the council to use the money to make the roads safe.

He said: “We desperately need to act to fix the potholes on our roads to make the county safe again for cyclists and motorists.”

Claims if you have been injured as a result of a pothole

Here in the UK the standard of roads is usually quite high when compared to other countries throughout Europe, but unfortunately this isn’t always the case and you could be injured as a result. Potholes are a very dangerous occurrence on roads and pavements, especially when you are cycling, so if you are travelling at speed and fail to recognise the damage, then you are at risk of falling off and injuring yourself. If you have been injured through no fault of your own then making a claim for compensation could be the best option for you.

Will Manners Pimblett be able to help?

There are a number of instances where you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation as a result of a pothole in the road, with many cases resulting in substantial pay-outs. If you have been affected by a similar situation then the team here at Manners Pimblett could provide you with the assistance you need to make you claim achievable. Our expert advisors have a wealth of experience in dealing with issues such as this and as such we will ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. 

So what are you waiting for? Give the team a call today on 0845 072 0772 and start your claim today!


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