With ever deteriorating road surfaces cycling on the roads in England is becoming more and more dangerous.
Road conditions became so bad that the Department of Transport instigated a Pothole Review. 2.7 Million potholes were identified in the UK in 2010.
The report was published in April 2012 and made 17 recommendations for better highway maintenance.
It identified that it was not only the bad weather that was responsible for the rise in Potholes but also poor quality repairs, excessive street works and inadequate inspection procedures.
The Highways Act 1980 already imposes a statutory duty on local councils to adopt a reasonable system of inspection and maintenance. This isn't limited to potholes but to the road surface generally.
- Failure to inspect the highway regularly
- Delayed repair of an identified pothole/defect
- Poor quality repair
- Failing to check surface repairs following street works
- Poor quality drive-by inspections
These are just some of the failures which have enable Graham Coffey & Co's Cyclist Injury Specialists to hold the local council liable for defective highways.
Cyclist Injury Claims for Cyclists in Manchester and surrounding area
The dangers posed by a defective highway to cyclists are often ignored. We hear many stories of people tripping on pavements and car who have suffered suspension damage but for a cyclist, hitting a pothole or defect in the Road, the effects can be catastrophic.
In many cases the cyclist can find themselves thrown from their bike which in heavy traffic could be fatal. Even in cases where the cyclist manages to stay on the bike they are often forced into collision with adjacent vehicles or even moving traffic.
What if the accident didn't happen on the highway?
Whilst the Highways Act does not apply to privately owned land very similar duties do apply to private land owners through the Occupiers Liability Act.
If you are uncertain about who owns the land or whether the council or a private land owner may be at fault contact Graham Coffey & Co Cyclist Injury Specialists for a free consultation.
Serving Manchester including Bolton : Cyclist Accident Solicitors
Our offices are conveniently located in Manchester city centre. Not only do we offer a free consultation but we also deal with claims on a no win / no fee basis. Contact us now on 0161 200 2440 or e.mail us now.