If your car gets damaged from a pothole, you might be able to get reimbursed.

While Michigan winters can be beautiful, the toll they take on the state is pretty serious. The one thing that Michiganders can expect throughout the winter is the inevitable emergence of potholes. Potholes are quite possibly the most annoying thing that the state battles each year.

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What creates a pothole?

During the winter season in Michigan, snow and ice melt is the main culprit of the creation of potholes. As water seeps into the roadways and freezes, the expansion of the water is what caused the pavement to break and leave potholes.

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It has happened to all of us. We are driving along a stretch of road that we travel every day and then from out of nowhere a great beast of a pothole appears that wasn't there the previous day. With little time to react and avoid it safely, many of us just knuckle up, hit it, spill our coffee, and let out a string of obscenities.

Can I get reimbursed if my car is damaged by a pothole?

Hitting a pothole at 45 to 55 mph or more can really hurt your vehicle. Rim damage, popped tires, and more can occur when hitting those little craters of chaos. You may ask, will the state reimburse me for the damage? The short answer is yes, but don't get your hopes up.

According to MDOT...

Be advised that the majority of damage claims are denied under governmental immunity laws, MCL 691.1402 and MCL 691.1403.

If you file a claim under $1,000, the incident will be investigated by the Michigan Department of Transportation. However, that process usually takes at least 90 days. Even if you think you can win the claim, it seems like it will be a lot of grief to green to get that money. Also, keep in mind that claims can only be submitted if they occurred on a state trunkline (M, I, or US route.) Local and county roads don't count.

If the damage is really bad, over $1,000, good luck Jack! At that point, you have to hire a lawyer and file a lawsuit against MDOT. Again, good luck with that!

How do I file a claim?

To file a claim of $1,000 or more, you have to fill out a form, sign it, get it notarized, provide supporting documentation, and return it to the MDOT region office in the county the incident happened. Click here for more details.

To report a pothole, see pothole tips, or get more information, click here. 

Source: MDOT

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