Pothole Accident Claim *
Pothole injury claims * arise following an accident involving a pothole on either a road or footpath. They can be caused by an uneven surface, holes in the road and raised surfaces which should have been rectified by local town or city council. Potholes can cause injuries to all road users.
Pothole injuries * can range from small cuts and bruises to severe head injuries. You should always see a doctor as soon as possible after the injury is sustained, no matter the severity. The important thing to consider with these types of claims is whether the party responsible acted negligently and if the accident and injuries could have been avoided if the proper care was taken. You should also determine who was responsible for the accident. In many cases, pothole claims are made against the council as they are generally responsible for ensuring that all paths and roads are kept in a good condition.
Common Types of Accidents
There are a number of different types of accidents which can occur as a result of a pothole in the road. If you have been involved in a pothole accident * you should document any details relating to the accident so that you can report the pothole and any injuries you have sustained. Common types of accidents include;
Potholes and uneven surfaces on footpaths
Local councils and authorities have a responsibility to ensure that roads and footpaths are maintained. Failing to do so can lead to injuries being sustained as a result of road traffic or slip and fall accidents *. These councils should carry out regular maintenance checks to ensure that there are no hazards which could potentially lead to an accident occurring.
Drivers or cyclists swerving or stopping suddenly to avoid potholes
As it can be difficult to see a pothole on the road, drivers or cyclist may have to swerve to avoid driving into them. This can often cause another type of accident to occur involving other road users. To prevent this from happening it is important to keep a safe distance from other road users to give them enough time to react in these situations.
Missing and raised sections of paths
This is more commonly associated with slip and fall accidents where a pedestrian may trip over a raised section of the path. This can lead to a number of injuries ranging from cuts and bruises to concussion and head injuries.
Unsafe road conditions as a result of numerous potholes
If potholes are not maintained or repaired it is likely that over time more potholes will develop, making the road dangerous to drive on. Numerous potholes can make it difficult to drive on the path as drivers are likely to be trying to avoid driving into them. If you have noticed a road where potholes have developed, you should report this to your local council so that they can repair the road.
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