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Can I claim compensation for a pothole injury when on a bike?

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Potholes are hugely dangerous to all road users but more to so cyclists who can suffer life changing injuries.

Potholes are caused when water enters tiny cracks in the road which then freezes. As the water freezes, it expands, which causes the road to expand, bend and crack. As the ice melts the road contracts and leaves gaps in the surface as well as underneath the tarmac. As the weight of traffic passes over this it causes weak spots in the road and creates a pothole.

What to do if your bike is damaged by a pothole

Repairs to bikes can be costly and any substantial damage should be reported to your insurers. You should get an estimate for the repairs, find out who is responsible for the road and contact the appropriate local authority. We would advise for you to make sure you take good photographs of the damage to your bike and the pothole with measurements (if safe to do so). You should send these photos along with your quote for the repairs to your local authority, getting a reference number if possible. They should be able to assist you with compensation for the repairs to your bike.

What to do if you are injured whilst riding your bike because of a pothole

If you are injured then you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. We would also advise for you to take good photographs of the pothole with measurements if it is safe for you to do so and photographs of any injuries you suffer. You should also report the pothole to your local council or on the government website and make sure you take a copy of the report.

If you have been injured as a result of tripping or falling in a pothole, or you have been injured on your bike as a result of a pothole, then contact our specialist personal injury solicitors today on 0161 696 6235  who will guide you through the process of making a claim. 

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