Olympic Champion cyclist falls foul of the dreaded pothole.

23 year old, Medal winner Dani King broke five ribs and sustained a collapsed lung after being dismounted from her bike whilst on a training ride.  The crash happened after a training partner hit a hidden pothole which was full of water and brought down the Olympian.

Miss King is currently recovering from her injuries in a South Wales hospital and her agent has highlighted the need for improvements on the condition of roads following the accident:

“The accident happened between Merthyr Tydfil and Quaker’s Yard and what happened was one of the cyclists with who she was riding went over a pothole that was covered with water due to the wet weather we’ve been having.

“It led to Dani crashing off her bike with the resultant injuries she has talked about on her Twitter account. The injuries are clearly painful and serious and we can only hope she gets better soon.

“She is having fantastic treatment from the doctors and nurses looking after her and is very happy with the medical attention she’s getting. It’s too early to say yet when she’ll be back in training and back competing.

“I think it’s time local authorities in the UK started spending more money on repairing roads to ensure things like this don’t keep happening. We’d like to see £10 per head of population spent on cyclists in terms of maintenance of cycle paths and roads.”

Potholes are a source of great annoyance for cyclists and can be extremely dangerous if travelling at speed or in busy traffic.  Councils have a duty to ensure road surfaces are safe for ALL road users to use.
 
If you have been injured in as a result of hitting a pothole or know someone who has, then contact our specialist solicitors today on 01625 506655 to discuss your circumstances.  We are experts in accidents involving cyclists and can talk you through your potential compensation claim.