Big rise in pothole damage compensation claims

The number of motorists demanding compensation for cars damaged by potholes has gone through the roof. Somerset County Council was the worst hit.

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Pothole claims rise

The number of motorists claiming their cars have been badly damaged by potholes is soaring across the region, with one council reporting a 750% jump in cases during the winter.

During the last year alone more than 25,000 potholes have had to be repaired in Somerset.

Richard Lawrence reports:-

Pothole claims soar after severe winter

The average bill for pothole damage now runs at £247 Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The number of motorists demanding compensation for cars damaged by potholes has gone through the roof.

Wet weather caused chaos on the region's roads with councils struggling to cope with the number of claims from frustrated owners.

Potholes are currently costing British motorists an estimated £730 million per year.

It only costs £52 to repair the average pothole, although some bills for damage caused by potholes are coming out at 50 times this cost.

Somerset County Council was the worst hit, with figures showing there were 204 claims lodged in January and February.

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