Is Your Pothole Case Something We Can Help With?
If you have sustained injuries after being involved in a car accident caused
by a pothole, contact Goodman Acker P.C. immediately. We can review your
potential case to see if you are entitled to benefits.
Why do potholes form?
A pothole is a depression underneath asphalt and concrete that forms when
the ground weakens and the weight of traffic continually presses down
until the spot gives away, forming a hole in the street.
Why do potholes form so often in and around Detroit?
Potholes are so common around Detroit due to seasonal temperature swings
and moisture in the region. Water in the ground pools in the day, freezes
in the night, and thaws again in the morning. The continual cycle breaks
apart the surrounding soil until it finally collapses, forming a pothole.
How can I spot a pothole to avoid it?
The best practice is keeping a safe distance between yourself and the
vehicle in front of you, allowing you more time to watch the street for
malformations. You should also look for puddles of water where it seems
water should not have collected.
How do I report a pothole so the city will fix it?
Local and state governments are responsible for repairing potholes in
a timely manner to prevent
car accidents and vehicle damage caused by running over a pothole. If you see a pothole,
try to remember the details about its exact location and call the Michigan
Department of Transportation hotline for potholes:
888-296-4546. Remember to never use your cellphone while driving.
How badly can a pothole damage a vehicle?
Running over a pothole is likely to burst the tire that sinks into it.
If this happens, the driver could lose control of the vehicle and crash,
causing significant damage. Even if the driver does not crash, hitting
a pothole can snap tie-rods, loosen axles, and cause a number of other problems.
Can I make the city or state pay for my vehicle repairs after I hit a pothole?
Getting the government to pay for your pothole damage repairs is difficult,
as they are usually only held accountable if they knew or should have
known about the pothole yet did not do anything to repair it in a reasonable
amount of time. If the pothole is newly formed, or there is no evidence
as to how long it has been in the street, then the government will probably
not be held liable for your damages. While the government should be held
liable for these types of claims, they often don’t pay them when
someone has property damage or is injured. Instead of putting forth the
effort and funds to fix the roads, residents are often enticed with tax
Who else can pay for my damages after running over a pothole?
Since government liability for a pothole is extremely difficult to prove,
you might be better off filing a claim with your own insurance company.
Depending on your policy’s coverage, you may be able to get all
the financial help you need from them.
I think I need to file a claim after hitting a pothole –
what should I do?
Assuming the pothole is on a public street, you can start by getting information
about that road and its maintenance history by requesting reports from
appropriate Departments of Transportation. You should also take pictures
of the pothole, the surrounding area, and your vehicle. If you get hurt,
save a copy of your medical records, too.