The Pothole Epidemic!
17 July 2018 by Rhian Lowe
Despite winter being well and truly behind us the roads in Britain remain in a dangerous condition and it appears as though they are getting worse with the lives of drivers, cyclists and motorcyclists now being at risk.
Last night Theresa May was urged to draw up emergency plans to fix the extortionate amount of potholes on Britain’s roads following the RACs recent report.
It was found that there were 4,000 pothole related breakdowns between April and June this year and they warned that the pothole epidemic could soon claim lives. The RAC advised that there were a total of 4,091 call-outs for damaged shock absorbers, broken suspension rings or distorted wheels in the second quarter of the year alone.
This is an average of 44 a day and whilst vehicle damage can be frustrating and costly it is nothing in comparison to the devastating impact that potholes can have on people’s lives.
For cyclists in particular, if they hit a pothole it’s not just a costly repair bill but a strong possibility of personal injury or in the worse cases, death.
Between 2007 and 2016 potholes and other faults in the road were a factor in the deaths of 22 cyclists according to the Department for Transport with more than 350 being seriously injured.
It is therefore essential that more is done to repair the roads and prevent these accidents from happening.
Here at Fisher Jones Greenwood, we are urging people to report any hazardous potholes to us so that we can make a record of them and report them to the council on your behalf.
All we need you to do is:
- Take photographs
- Tell us the location of the pothole
Feel free to send your photographs to [email protected]. We need a photograph showing the size of the defect, measure the depth and width of it if it possible, together with a photograph taken from a distance so we can identify the road and the exact location. Provide us with as much information as you can to help us locate the defect such as the road name, postcode and house number.