May 14th, 2014
A 25 year old cyclist received serious injuries after hitting a pothole at speed on his bike.
The cyclist was flipped over his handlebars onto the road where he was knocked unconscious and sustained a broken nose, fractured eye socket and also had to receive stitches to his lip where his teeth bit down due to the force of the impact.
The cyclist was very fortunate because a GP was cycling nearby and was able to assist him on the roadside and contact emergency services
The cyclist said: ‘I was cycling back from my friend’s house and down a road which I go down everyday and that’s the last thing I remember. The next thing I knew I woke in hospital four and a half hours later and I was in a lot of pain.
‘I cycle down that road every day Monday to Friday. The potholes are really big – they look like excavations.’
‘A pothole has a very different impact on a bike and it completely took me out. It was pretty disgraceful.’
He is seeking compensation from Surrey County Council who he claims are responsible for maintaining the highways and ensuring the roads are safe and fit for purpose for all road users.
A Surrey County Council spokesperson said: ‘We are unable to comment on this accident as we have not yet had a report from Surrey Police.
The cycling charity fillthathole.org.uk website reveals that the crash area was first reported by cyclists as an area of concern in April 2010.