I'm having a bit of a problem claiming of the council for hitting a pothole and I'm looking for some advise. I was riding in dark and heavy rain on a Giant Defy road bike when this accident occurred. There was a bit of street lighting and I went through what I believed to be a puddle of water at the time, but I soon came to realise that it wasn't a puddle of water at all and was in fact a very dangerous pothole. Thankfully I didn't come of the Bike but I was aware the impact my back wheel had taken. On inspecting my Bike I noticed that one of my spokes had snapped and the wheel was now making a noise. I took the bike to a repair shop and they told me it could cost anything from £31 and upwards depending if the wheel is buckled or not. The problem I have now is that the council says I should have been looking where I was going LOL. So I'm just wondering if anyone thinks I'm at fault here for riding through what I believed to be a puddle?