In the meantime, I would like to extend my gratitude for your diligence in this case as it would appear that Virgin Atlantic have been difficult and vague with their information regarding the Care Package and alternative travelling costs and expenses.
The Continued Dangers of Potholes
Fri 25th Nov 2011 Personal injury
I have previously blogged on the dangers of potholes and the accidents they can cause. I was therefore sad to read of the death of Margaret Nicholl, who was killed when she was thrown from her bike after hitting a pothole on the road in Shepton Montague, Somerset.
On the 12th March this year Margaret was enjoying a country
ride with her husband. Both were keen cyclists and had been cycling
together for over 50 years. Margaret's husband had been cycling in front
of her when, as he came over the brow of the hill he noticed some
potholes. He tried to warn Margaret of the potholes by shouting a
warning, but it was to late and Margaret hit one them causing her to be thrown
off her bicycle. She was not wearing a helmet and sustained head
The inquest into her death heard that the potholes had been there for four months and the road was overdue for inspection. Police who attended the scene of the accident measured the potholes and located five measuring the largest at 39 inches long, 19 inches wide and three inches deep. The pothole that caused Margaret's fall measured 26 inches long, 12 inches wide and 2.5 inches deep.
The highways inspection manger for Somerset advised that he was not surprised the road was in such a bad state of repair. He blamed the previous severe winter which caused potholes to appear all over the county. It was estimated that some 25,000.00 potholes appeared in the previous year for the county alone. Due to a lack of funding the money simply wasn't there to remedy the problem.
Given the warm weather we are currently experiencing I am hopeful that the weather will not have such a effect of our roads this year. However, if we have a sudden change and the cold blows in bringing snow and ice, what do you think can be done to stop the potholes appearing and how they can be repaired quicker so as to avoid horrendous accidents like Margaret's?
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