More than GBP 600,000 has been spent by Cumbria County Council in fighting and paying injury compensation due to pothole and pavement accidents over the last four years, it has been revealed.
Injury compensation counted for around half (GBP 303,000) of the total cost, while the rest was spent on legal fees, the North-West Evening Mail reports.
The local authority has now set aside GBP 3 million to cover the cost of repairing the county’s roads following the recent icy winter, which has had a major impact on their condition.
According to data the newspaper obtained through a Freedom of Information request, authorities in the north of England paid some GBP 4 million altogether on injury compensation and legal fees between 2005 and 2009.
Campaign website Potholes.co.uk estimates that damaged roads account for as many as one in five mechanical failures to cars in the UK, costing motorists GBP 320 million every year.