Can you claim compensation for pothole injuries?
If you drive or cycle a lot, you probably know that potholes can be pretty dangerous and cause accidents. Cyclists are especially vulnerable to accidents caused by potholes, which can result in serious injuries that significantly impact their lives. If you were hurt in an accident because of a pothole, you might be able to get compensation.
What causes a pothole?
A pothole is the result of water entering small cracks in the road. When this happens, a process known as freeze-thaw weathering occurs. As the temperature lowers, the water will freeze. As the water freezes, it expands in size, which forces the crack in the road to widen slightly.
When the ice melts, the road will contract, and this leaves gaps underneath the surface of the road. Over time, vehicles will pass over the gap, and the weight will be too much. Eventually, the surface layer of the tarmac will break and form a pothole.
What to do if your bike or car gets damaged
Repairs that are made to your car or bike thanks to pothole damage can be costly, which is why major damage should be reported to the insurance company you’re with. You’ll be able to get a proper estimate of how much repairs will cost, as well as who is responsible for that road – usually the local authority – and how to contact them.
We recommend that you take photographs of the damage that your car or bike has sustained and also take photos of the pothole where it is safe to do so – including measurements. It’s also essential to document your injuries once they have been properly cleaned and can be adequately photographed.
Next, you should send photos, a cost estimate, and any other important details to the local authority. Make sure to get a reference number so you can follow up on your claim. Also, you should collect a copy of the report and keep it for your records. If the local authorities are responsible for the damage because they didn’t fix the pothole, you may be able to get compensation to cover the cost of your repairs.
Have you been injured in a road traffic accident?
If you have been injured due to an accident involving a pothole, it’s crucial to take immediate action. Our personal injury solicitors can help you file a claim for compensation against your local authority. If the local authority or relevant body has failed to repair the pothole, they are liable due to negligence, and you may be entitled to compensation for the damages sustained.
At SilverOak Solicitors, we understand the complexities of personal injury claims and have the expertise to help you navigate the legal process. One significant benefit of using our personal injury solicitors is a No Win No Fee basis so you won’t have to pay any legal fees if your claim is unsuccessful. This means that you can pursue a claim without having to worry about the financial risks associated with it.
We will work with you to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries and any other losses you have suffered. So, if you have been injured in an accident involving a pothole, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free case assessment.
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