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Soldier compensated for pothole accident injury

A former soldier has been awarded road traffic accident compensation after suffering serious personal injuries in a pothole accident.

The 45-year-old biker, who had previously served in Iraq and Bosnia, had been riding his motorcycle in Bideford, North Devon, when his front wheel hit a pothole. This caused him to be thrown over his handlebars and into the road.

The man suffered serious back injuries in the road traffic accident after landing on his coccyx, including trapped nerves and compression. His injures were so severe he now struggles to walk without the aid of crutches.

The war veteran thought that the deep pothole, which was filled with water, was only a puddle. As a result he did not try and take evasive action and instead rode his bike through it.

Speaking to a local newspaper the man commented that he had served in the army for 15 years without any major incident but has ended up with an injury caused by ineffective road repairs.

The biker launched a claim for road traffic accident compensation against Devon County Council and after a two year legal battle has been awarded an undisclosed amount in damages.



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