The extreme low temperatures and icy conditions of the winter have wreaked havoc on Britain's roads, causing many potholes to form with expensive and often dangerous consequences for motorists and other road users.
The Asphalt Industry Alliance recently highlighted that some parts of the country could be affected by the legacy of the frozen conditions for as long as 15 years.
The dangers of potholes were recently highlighted by the death of Captain Jonathan Allen, 29, who was killed in a road traffic accident when he swerved into the path of a lorry whilst trying to avoid a massive pothole. He was cycling home from his army base on the A338 on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire and suffered multiple personal injuries as a result of the accident. Wiltshire County Council has since filled in the pothole but this came too late for Captain Allen.
However, road users affected by these dangerous potholes are finding it increasingly difficult to successfully claim compensation for damage incurred if they hit one of these holes. Local councils, who are responsible for minor roads, and The Highways Agency, which oversees motorways, can dismiss claims if the driver is unable to prove that a pothole caused the damage. They may also refuse to pay if records show that the road was properly maintained and inspected.
In order to negotiate this difficult territory, you need an expert firm to handle your compensation claim. Thompsons lawyers are experts in recovering compensation for victims of personal injury. If you have a valid claim for compensation our specialist lawyers will help you claim the compensation you deserve on a No Win No Fee basis call 0800 0891331 today!