Potholes and the damage they can cause are just part of winter driving, right? Every pothole you hit has the potential to damage your tire, cause a blowout, or even damage your rims. If you live in West Virginia, the expensive damage done to your vehicle may be covered by the state. That’s right – read on!
Learn more about the damage potholes can cause and how to get reparations from the state of West Virginia.
What Damage Can Potholes Cause?
As much as you want to, you can’t always safely avoid a pothole; sometimes you have no choice but to hit a pothole dead on. Hitting a pothole is much more than a temporary discomfort, it can cause real damage to your vehicle.
Hitting a pothole can cause:
- Tire blowout
- Tire damage or wear
- Damage to your wheel’s rims
- Damage to your shocks
- Suspension damage
- Alignment damage
- Engine damage
If you hit a pothole hard, you should check your car for damage as soon as you safely can. Even if you think there may not be damage, driving on potholes over time can lead to expedited wear and tear on your tires and suspension.
What is the State Doing to Repair the Potholes?
Be prepared – in West Virginia the number of pothole claims has been dramatically increasing over last five years. During the winter months, there isn’t much that you can do about potholes. As asphalt isn’t able to be used in the winter, crews from the West Virginia Division of Highways use a temporary cold patch technique. Cold patches are just a mixture of rocks and dirt used to fill the pothole. It is an ineffective and temporary solution. Now that the temperatures are warm enough for asphalt to seal effectively, road crews are hard at work repairing the West Virginia roads.
How to Get Damage Paid for by the State of West Virginia
According to a report from the Division of Highways, in 2013 the state of West Virginia reimbursed hundreds of people who filed damage claims after driving on state roads. A recent audit found that over 1,320 claimers were filed in 2015.
If your car has been damaged by hitting a pothole on a state maintained road, you might be eligible for reimbursement. To file a claim simply complete a claim form here: http://www.legis.state.wv.us/joint/Court/claim_form.pdf
You will need to provide photographs, a detailed description of the damages, estimates for repair costs as well as your insurance information. The average award for a pothole claim in 2015 was $343, so it is worth the effort. If you live in West Virginia, don’t write off pothole damage as lost money. Get a repair estimate today and submit your claim for reimbursement.
*Always check your owner’s manual for your vehicle model’s specific instructions before attempting any type of vehicle repair. Copyright Riverside Automotive June 2017 | www.riversideautomotive.biz | Author: Stephen Chernoble