Despite the government’s announcement of a £6 billion fund to help reduce the amount of potholes across the UK’s roads, 1000’s will still be injured each and every year due to these dangerous defects.
Pothole injuries are a cause for serious concern for all road users, with CTC – the National Cycling Charity reporting that up to 15% of cycling accident claims are caused by road defects alone.
“Trusted Dealers” state that 129,649 potholes were tackled last year which was a 31% increase in the amount filled in 2012, a positive step indeed, but not quite enough. Unfortunately, even with an unlimited amount of funds, it is estimated that it would still take anywhere from 10-15 years to fix this growing problem and a total of nearly £12 billion. According to consumer group “Which?” local authorities are paying out over £30 million in compensation for pothole injuries each and every year, highlighting the fact that this is a serious issue that needs tackling.
Freeclaim Solicitors are experienced in helping clients claim compensation after an injury due to a pothole claim compensation. Experts in road traffic accidents, they are urging all those who have suffered an injury to come forward as soon as possible to start your claim.
Drivers, casual riders, pedestrians and motorcyclists are all at risk of personal injury. If there has been a defect or pothole on the road (or other surface) that has caused your injuries, you may be able to make a claim for compensation against the local council or, if on private property, against whoever owns the land.
If you’ve suffered injury, here are three things which will help when making a claim:
- Evidence, evidence and more evidence.
Make sure you gather as much evidence as possible to support your claim as local authorities and others will try their very best to discount your claim. Write everything down, including the time of the accident and the exact location of where it occurred. Take note of any costs incurred and keep receipts. This may include damages to your bike, clothes and medical costs. It’s also a good idea to take photos of any injuries you may have sustained as a result.
It’s also a good idea to contact the neighbours in the area as you may be able to find out how long the pothole has been there and whether there have been any other incidents. Try and also get their contact details.
- Take photographs of the pothole and the area.
Take plenty of photos of the pothole and if you can, photograph the pothole with a ruler showing the depth. Also take photos of the general location.
Sometimes, local councils will repair a defect or pothole soon after reporting of the accident which could mean there is no photographic evidence as to the previous state of the road surface.
By having this evidence at hand, you increase your chances of compensation. Remember, it costs councils around £50 to repair a pothole, whereas a compensation claim can run into thousands. It’s in their best interest to try and beat you to the post.
- Check the website – Fill That Hole
If there have been previous complaints about a specific pothole, chances are Fill That Hole will have it on record. If complaints have been made and the council have failed to act, this will help to show that the council have put its road users in danger, thus supporting your claim.
Remember these steps could greatly increase your chance of claiming compensation for your injuries.
Due to the complexity of pothole injury compensation claims, having an experienced team in your corner will help bring about a positive outcome and ensure you are compensated correctly. The solicitors at Freeclaim are here to help, so contact an expert on 0800 612 7340 for more information today.