There’s no denying that potholes can be an annoyance for any road user, but they can also be extremely dangerous, particularly for cyclists.
Under the Highways Act 1980, Local Authorities have “a duty to maintain the highway”, ensuring that roads are safe for both motorists and cyclists. However, we know that many local minor roads are only assessed on an annual basis and as a result, essential maintenance is not always carried out quickly enough.
Potholes can be particularly dangerous for cyclists. Between 2007 and 2018, 368 people were injured and 22 were killed in cycling accidents involving a pothole. The CEO of Cycling UK has spoken out about the heightened risk to cyclists, stating that “potholes aren’t just an expensive nuisance, they are ruining lives.”
As Road Traffic Accident Solicitors, we know the devastating impact that a road accident can have. If you’ve been injured because of a pothole, you could be entitled to compensation. Get in touch to find out if we can help you on a No Win, No Fee basis.