Compensation for a Road Accident Caused by a Pothole

When it comes to roads, maintenance and construction are two of the most important elements to ensuring that they are safe and secure to drive on. From time to time Councils can get a little short on cash and in turn this can lead to a whole range of potential road issues including potholes occurring. 

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Although they might seem like a small and relatively unimportant challenge on the road, potholes can cause a great deal of damage to your car and if you are travelling at high speeds they have the potential to cause an accident which in turn could lead to an injury on your behalf. If you have been injured as the result of negligent road maintenance then you could be eligible to make a claim for compensation to cover any costs you have incurred.

What causes potholes?

Potholes generally occur when a section of the road has become worn away due to over-use and a lack of repair. They can start out as simply a crack in the road which over time can develop into a rupture within the road’s surface and lead to a small indent occurring. Over time this hole becomes larger and gets to a point where it can be potentially dangerous to a driver. Potholes can be easily repaired by the local council by a filling of asphalt into the affected area, however many local councils have been recently left out of pocket resulting in negligence when it comes to performing repair work in this area. 

What types of accidents can occur?

Potholes can lead to a series of serious incidents and car accidents if a car happens to hit the pothole at the wrong angle or at a high speed. Potholes on motorways can be particularly dangerous as they can cause high speed accidents which in turn could involve another car. 

Potholes are also quite common on country lanes where the roads are more likely to be neglected as they may not be as commonly used as those that are main roads. These are often the hardest for a driver to see, especially at night, and can potentially be the most dangerous if they catch a driver unawares. 

How can I be injured?

Potholes can lead to a number of road traffic accidents which in turn can leave you injured. Some common injuries include:

  • Head and neck injuries including whiplash
  • Broken bones and limbs
  • Guts, grazes and abrasions
  • Scarring.

What can I claim for?

If you have been injured in a car accident due to a pothole that has been poorly maintained by the local council then you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim for any costs that you have incurred throughout your injury. At Manners Pimblett we make it our mission to ensure that you receive the maximum of what you are entitled to in a timely and professional manner.

So what are you waiting for? Give the team a call today on 0845 077 0772 and start your claim today!

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