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Pothole Injuries: Enough £s in the pot to fix pothole crisis?

As a pothole crisis emerges in Stockton, Tilly Bailey & Irvine's personal injury solicitors in Teesside look at the dangers if provides, what measures should be taken, and how to take action if it affects you.

A poor winter (not to mention a less than desirable Spring!) has left roads in Stockton needing more than a little TLC. Councillor Ken Dixon is calling for action to address Stockton’s growing pothole crisis.

Recent figures reveal that over £9m is needed to fix the problems with roads, lights and bridges – and that’s just in the Borough of Stockton. With the annual budget being less than half this amount, does this mean that potholes will be left in a dangerous condition?

If a pothole is not repaired sufficiently or in a timely manner it can become deeper and wider. Of course this then poses a bigger risk to members of the public, both pedestrians and vehicle users.

Members of the public have expressed their disappointment with the condition of Stockton’s roads on social media, with some questioning whether the increase in road tax is justified given the state of the roads. Another expressed their concern that the Council appear to repeatedly repair small sections of a road rather than relaying it in whole.

Often, members of the public approach Tilly Bailey & Irvine Solicitors because they have been injured as a result of a defect in a road or pavement. The defect is usually a pothole or a raised or sunken paving stone. The Council have a duty to maintain public highways. If they have failed to do so and you have been injured as a result, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

Should you find yourself in this unfortunate position we recommend that you contact our knowledgeable Personal Injury teams of solicitors in Hartlpool, Stockton, Wynyard and Barnard Castle in the first instance.

Stockton Council are now considering the use of plastic roads in a hope that the roads will be more durable and long lasting.  Plastic roads involve using a mix of asphalt and waste plastic and their use has been met with success in other North East regions. Whether Stockton Council will implement this measure remains to be seen.

We may be able to offer you a No Win No Fee claim. Call Tilly Bailey & Irvine’s north east solicitors on 0333 444 4422 or visit us online to make an initial enquiry for free.