What to do if you are involved in a cycling collision with a pothole

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What to do if you are involved in a cycling collision with a pothole

What should you do if you are involved in a cycling related incident involving a pothole? Here is some advice from Slater and Gordon Lawyers, they’ve been representing Cycling UK members in relation to cycling accidents, crashes and incidents since 2002.

Britain’s roads are riddled with potholes and although councils have a duty to repair and fill these in, there’s always some that have not yet been done or have only just appeared and have not yet been reported to the council or via Cycling UK's Fill That Hole.

Potholes can cause cycling accidents, especially in wet or snowy weather conditions when they fill with water and it's hard to spot the difference between a pothole and a normal puddle.  

If you get into an accident because of a pothole and injure yourself or damage your bike, here are some things you should know:

Steps you should follow after a collision with a pothole:

  • Check yourself for injuries and if able, make your way to a safe place out of the way of traffic.
  • Assess the damage to your bike.
  • If anyone else was involved in your accident, e.g. the driver of a car manoeuvred in such a way which forced you to go into the pothole, take contact and insurance details of the driver if possible.
  • Take contact details for any witnesses.
  • If you are able, take photos of the pothole with either a pound coin or tape measure for scale and the surrounding scene of the accident, damage to your bicycle, other vehicles if they were involved and also of your injuries.
  • Depending on the severity of your injuries, seek medical attention either in A&E or with your local GP.
  • Contact the Cycling UK Incident Line on 0330 107 1789 for assistance in either making a claim for your injuries or damage to your bicycle.

I’ve been injured by a pothole. What are my rights?

As a cyclist, it’s quite likely that hitting a pothole in a badly-maintained road will at least damage your bike, and quite possibly cause you injury as a result. In such a case, your local council may be liable to pay you compensation. Importantly, if you have sustained any personal injury as a result of hitting a pothole, you should call the Cycling UK Incident Line right away.

 

 

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