Did You Know Pothole Damage Could be Covered in New York State
Tis the season for potholes. Did you know if you damage your car on a pothole you may not have to pay to fix it? Me either.
Damages caused from pothole could be covered but there is a catch.
"It must be clearly demonstrated that the State, although aware of a dangerous condition on the highway, did nothing to remove the hazard, subsequently resulting in damages to a user of the highway."
First you need to find out who owns the road, then determine if the pothole was a known problem.
How to File a Claim:
*Find out who owns the road; a local municipality, the county or state?
*Call that government's clerk or highway department to find out how to submit a claim.
*Ask whether a written complaint of a pothole at that location was filed and when.
*Take photos and record details of the pothole's location.
*File a police report to document the incident.
*Get at least two repair estimates.]
New York State DOT:
New York Thruway:
Thruway form can be emailed to email@example.com or faxed to 518-471-4340.
You can report a pothole problem online or by calling 1-800-Pothole.