The personal injury team at Penningtons Manches LLP is currently dealing with a large number of road users who have been injured in accidents involving potholes and who want to know if they can make a claim.
Potholes are a very common sight on the roads today and cause thousands of accidents each year. It is the local highway authority’s obligation to ensure that its roads are safe for road users so, if you have been injured in an accident involving a pothole on a public highway maintained at public expense, there may be a potential claim against the local highway authority. But bringing a claim is not as straight forward as showing that there is a pothole in the road and that it was the cause of an accident.
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William Broadbent of Penningtons Manches' personal injury team commented: “We see too many clients who have suffered significant injuries as a result of an accident involving a pothole. A number of these cases, particularly those involving cyclists, have involved serious injuries. Unfortunately, these hazards are sometimes long-standing problems of which the local authority is well aware. The local authorities have an obligation to ensure that you are as safe as possible using public highways and this involves identifying and repairing defects as soon as possible. Otherwise, accidents and avoidable injuries will happen.”
If you have been injured in an accident involving a pothole, please contact us on 0800 328 9545 for free advice as to whether you could bring a claim.