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Potholes in Britain – Twice the Area of the Isle of Wight

Figures obtained by Britannia Rescue show that the total area of potholes in Britain is almost 300 square miles – more than double the area of the Isle of Wight.

The statistics (which were released under the Freedom of Information Act) reveal an average of one pot hole per mile of British road.

Motorist Claims

Britannia Rescue claims that around 1 motorist in 10 has encountered car damage as a result of driving over poor road surfaces in the past 12 months.

The most recent figures (2012/2013) indicate that local authorities paid out £2.5m in compensation to those motorists whose vehicle was damaged as a consequence of driving over potholes.

Britannia states that the average cost of repairing a pot hole is £50 – meaning that the amount of money paid out in compensation claims could have been spent on fixing 50,000 potholes.

Potholes – Compensation Claims

Last year, UK councils experienced a 79% increase in pothole compensation claims.

Of the 32,600 claims, the most common were:

  • Tyre damage (43%)
  • Damaged suspension (34%)
  • Damaged wheel rims (26%)

The number of potholes on British roads is thought to number around 200,000. Motorists are advised to protect themselves and their vehicles from potholes by reducing speed.

Claiming with Hampson Hughes Solicitors

If you have suffered an injury due to an incident involving an uneven road surface, you could be entitled to compensation.

We are personal injury solicitors, and we specialise in securing the maximum compensation award for each Client.

Whether as a pedestrian, a cyclist, or a motorist, we are here to offer you the professional guidance and support that you deserve – remember, we offer you a FREE no-obligation consultation.

For further information on how Hampson Hughes Solicitors can help you, contact us today on 0800 888 6888 or email

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Why use Hampson Hughes

At Hampson Hughes Solicitors we believe that if you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault you deserve access to legal support. Our objective is to ensure we recover the maximum amount of personal injury compensation you deserve. We can help secure access to expert rehabilitation services to ensure that you have the quickest recovery possible. We can ensure you are compensated for any losses you may have suffered, from out of pocket expenses to loss of enjoyment and loss of earnings as a result of your personal injury.

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We will help you to access and obtain all of the required medical evidence in support of your compensation claim.



Once we have submitted the claim to the defendant, we can begin negotiations on reaching a settlement.


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