It has been reported by the Lincolnite that the average compensation pay-out for damage caused by potholes on Lincolnshire’s roads was over five times higher than the typical cost of repairing a pothole on the county’s highways.

A Freedom of Information request by The Lincolnite to Lincolnshire County Council asked what the average costs of a pothole repair and pothole-related compensation pay-out were in the 2015-16 financial year.

Councillor Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “Dangerous defects will be fixed as a matter of urgency, with other issues being prioritised and dealt with as resources allow. That way we can keep on top of things as best we can.”

However for some, the repairs will come too late.  Whether through walking, running, cycling or riding a motorbike, people can suffer serious injury due to the state of the highway.

Under statute, a highway authority has a duty to maintain, which includes repair, any highway which is maintainable at the public expense.

It is important to note that not all accidents which occur on the highways are at the fault of the local highways agency and legal advice should be sought in relation to any trip or fall resulting in an injury.  Photographs of the location and measurements of any defect are vital in assessing whether there is a potential claim and these should be taken as soon as it is safe to do so following an accident.

In order to succeed in a claim, a claimant must prove that the condition of the highway made it a foreseeable danger to road users, the condition of the highway was due to the failure of the highways authority and that any damage caused was by the dangerous conditions of the highway.

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Contact a legal advisor at Ringrose Law today for free legal advice.  We could take your claim on a no win no fee basis and ensure you received the maximum amount of compensation you deserve.    Contact us on 01522 561 020 or call in at one of our offices for more information, offices in Lincoln, Boston, Spalding, Sleaford, Grantham and Newark.

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