Surge in pothole damage claims

Surge in pothole damage claims

A local authority has reported a staggering 750% increase in claims for damage to vehicles caused by potholed roads since the devastating winter floods.

According to Somerset Council the number of claims it received for steering and suspension problems multiplied seven and a half times in January and February compared to the first two months of 2013.

And it seems Somerset isn't the only region of England to see a dramatic increase in claims following the long spell of wet weather and flooding during the winter and the devastating effect it had on crumbling road surfaces.

It is thought that local authorities could have to pay-out as much as £730 million between them to cover the cost of claims from motorists and many people say a new road sign should be designed to alert drivers about potholed roads.

Potholes are a major factor in causing axle and suspension failure, which counts for a third of mechanical issues on UK roads and costs British motorists an estimated £2.8 billion every year.

Copyright Press Association 2014