How to Get NYS to Pay to Repair Your Car’s Pothole Damage
Of course, there are a few caveats to this - we are talking about New York State, here.
First of all, the state won't pay if you hit one of those potholes during "pothole season". What season? According to News10, 'pothole season' is the time during which New York Highway Law explicitly exempts the state from liability from damages caused on state roads - it runs from November 15th and May 1st. (If you live in Utica, pothole season is year-round, amirite?)
Secondly, you have to prove the state or municipality knew about the pothole, and still didn't repair it.
So let's say you hit a pothole...now what? LoHud.com put together a great list of recommendations:
- Identify whether the road is owned by a local municipality, the county or state. Contact a local official for help.
- 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.
- If you can safely do so, take photos and record details of the pothole's location.
- File a police report to document the incident.
- Get at least two repair estimates from qualified mechanics.
Was the pothole on a state road?
Hey Utica, there's a huge pothole in front of the sewer grate right by Calvary Cemetery. I know because it almost ate my leg earlier this week. Does this count as notification?