For cyclists in London and around the UK the proliferation of potholes are a big problem and a major cause of cycling accident injuries.
I received instructions to represent a Mr Richard Nicholl. Richard and his wife, Margaret, were cycling thought the Somerset countryside in 2011, as they descended a hill Richard saw a large pothole in the road and shouted a warning to his wife. Unfortunately, she couldn't avoid the pothole in time and was thrown from her bicycle sustaining a catastrophic brain injury. Tragically her injuries were so serious that she died in hospital 10 days later.
When I visited the scene of the accident with Mr Nicholl the pothole had still not been repaired. If the Government does not find funds to repair these potholes then further lives will be lost. Urgent action needs to be taken to address this serious problem.
Margaret Nicholl’s fatal cycling accident could have been avoided if Somerset County Council had spent just £50.00 to repair the pothole.
The National Cycling Charity CTC are running a nationwide campaign called Fill That Hole which goes a long way to help reduce the chance of tragic accidents like this one.
Paul Kitson is a keen cyclist and a Principal Personal Injury Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in London.
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