Cyclist sues Derby Council after pothole injuries

Chris Clay suffered concussion and broken bones after hitting a pothole in Derby and is now trying to claim compensation from the council

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An injured cyclist is planning to take legal action against his local council after suffering injuries as a result of hitting a pothole.

Chris Clay, 48, was left with concussion, a broken elbow and a fractured cheekbone after riding into a pothole in the Dalbury Lees area of Derby in March.

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“I was cycling and, then all of a sudden, I went flying,” he told the Derby Telegraph.

“The friend I was with had to call an ambulance and I was taken to hospital. It knocked me out for a while and I had no idea what was going on. I was in great pain and knew this was more than just minor injuries.”

Mr Clay is reportedly working with Slater and Gordon law firm and hopes to claim compensation for his injuries and says he would hate to see someone suffer the same fate, or worse, than him.

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Lawyer Philippa Jones told the Telegraph: “Mr Clay is an experienced cyclist who has suffered significant injuries. Had he fallen in front of a car, this incident could have been far worse.

“There are countless examples of potholes causing very serious and sometimes fatal injuries.

“It is important that all local authorities take the risks posed by poorly maintained roads very seriously and take steps to protect these vulnerable road users.”