A retired businessman was left battered and soaked in blood after tripping on a pothole.
Kevin Speight, 80, of Mirfield, went sprawling face down on the pavement and was left bleeding from facial wounds.
Mr Speight had just crossed the busy A62 Leeds Road near his home and was walking to a bus stop when he stumbled into a pothole.
The married father and grandfather suffered cuts to his face, hand and knee and was left bleeding heavily.
Despite at least half a dozen cars queuing at the nearby Stocks Bank Road traffic lights, no one came to Mr Speight’s aid. He managed to get to his feet and limped the 150 yards back home.
His sheepskin coat and hat were soaked in blood and his neighbour drove him to A&E at Dewsbury District Hospital where he spent four hours being treated.
Mr Speight, whose family founded century-old Speights Lighting in Mirfield, said: “I was in a real state, bleeding profusely.
“I had taken my car into the garage and was walking down the hill to catch the bus when I fell into a what I can only described as a big crevasse,” he said.
“I fell forward, flat on my face and I was bleeding profusely. I was quite near the kerb edge and if I had fallen into the road it could have been quite devastating.”
Mr Speight fell at 3.15pm on January 14 opposite Mock Hall Farm just down from the White Gate pub and said he believed Kirklees Council had been “negligent.”
The pothole is about 6ft wide and over two inches deep.
He added: “The pavement is in a shocking state and I couldn’t believe it the next day when I went back to have a look.
“The council has an obligation to inspect its roads and pavements and if they saw this and it wasn’t repaired I can only think it was because of budgets and a lack of money.”
Mr Speight said the pavement at that point was also shared by cyclists and he said it was only a matter of time before someone else was hurt.
Mr Speight has alerted Mirfield Tory councillor Martyn Bolt, a keen cyclist who lives further up the road, and has reported it to Kirklees Council.
His coat and hat were ruined and his glasses fell out of his pocket and were lost. Mr Speight has spoken to a solicitor but is waiting for a response from Kirklees before he decides whether to take legal action.
Since the accident Mr Speight has had problems with his shoulder which means he has trouble lifting and dressing.
“I am worried it’s going to damage my confidence,” he said. “I like going out walking and being out in the garden and I don’t want to be worried about losing my balance and falling. I don’t want to live with this for the rest of my life.”