A motorist is claiming injury compensation from his local authority after his teeth were damaged as he drove over a pothole.
Melvyn Bangle’s head hit the roof of his car as he went over the hole in East Dean, causing him to bite into his tongue and knocking out two of his teeth, the Worthing Herald reports.
The 71-year-old is now seeking injury compensation from West Sussex County Council and hopes that his case will stop other road users from suffering a similar fate.
"Blood came out of my mouth, I could see my wheel was all buckled," he told the paper.
"As I was talking to the mechanic bits of my teeth were falling out. I was in tears."
Local authorities currently pay out more than £50 million annually in injury compensation and car accident compensation claims related to poorly-maintained roads, campaign website Potholes.co.uk has claimed.