Sunday, February 25, 2018

How To Get Reimbursed For Damage Done By A Pothole In Michigan

Here’s how to get reimbursed for damage done by a pothole.

If a pothole causes damage to your vehicle, it’s sometimes possible to be repaid by the city, county, or state for some or all of the repairs.

Here’s how: 

If your tire is damaged on a Michigan state road:
The first step is to fill out this form from the Michigan Department of Transportation. The form must be notarized, which can be done for free at many banks, and all written estimates/receipts need to be included. Then take the completed form and documentation to any MDOT office.

If your tire is damaged on a Wayne County road:
Proof of insurance and receipts of estimates/repairs are required along with this form.
They can either be mailed or brought to the Wayne County Risk Management Claims Division, 500 Griswold, 20th Floor, Detroit.

If your tire is damaged on a Macomb County road:
This form can either be mailed, emailed or faxed to the Macomb County Department of Roads. The county suggests attaching photographs.

If your tire is damaged on an Oakland County road:
This is the only county where everything can be done online here. An electronic signature and the contact info for witnesses are required to complete the claim.

If your tire is damaged on a City of Detroit road:
The city requires the most proof when it comes to getting reimbursed for a damaged car. You must include a copy of your insurance and registration along with photographs of the damage. Three estimates have to be included and sent to the City of Detroit Law Department Claims Section along with this form. Don’t forget to have it notarized.

The Lansing State Journal investigated damage claims paid out by MDOT and the city of Lansing. They reported that the chances of reimbursed for damages are low, sometimes zero, as the agency must have been notified about the pothole by another motorist before the damaged vehicle hit it.

Any questions, give our auto repair shop in Brighton a call at 810-227-1171

If the pothole damage is solely on your wheel/tire, click here to schedule an appointment at our Ford Service Center near South Lyon, MI

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Article compliments of WDET 101.9 fm Detroit

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