Most of us welcome the first signs of spring—including robins, flowers and warmer weather. However, there is one sign of the season we would rather avoid: potholes.
Pothole damage can be serious and expensive. The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) estimates the average Michigan driver pays more than $300 a year for road-caused vehicle damage, primarily from potholes.
Last year, motorists reported more than twice as many potholes than in previous years. And, after last winter’s volatile temperatures, we will likely encounter even more this year.
Do you have any recourse when your tires (or other parts of your vehicle) are destroyed by a pothole? Here are some of the options for Michigan motorists.Do You Have a Case?
If you have collision coverage in addition to your basic No-Fault policy, your vehicle may be covered for pothole damage. If not, your only recourse is filing a claim with the state, county or other municipality in charge of the road where the damage occurred.
Unfortunately, municipalities are protected by governmental immunity laws. In addition, Michigan law says a government entity is liable only if it knew or “should have known” about a pothole and had a “reasonable” amount of time to repair it. Therefore, most people who file claims for pothole-related damage do not receive reimbursement.
Here are some steps to take if your vehicle is damaged by a pothole:
Michigan auto law is complicated, but finding the right lawyer is simple.
Call 1-800-CALL-SAM today for a free, no-obligation consultation.Do You Have a Case?
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