DETROIT – It’s pothole season in Metro Detroit, and the craters in the pavement are causing some significant damage.
Ferndale also chimed in with concerns about the massive potholes in their area. The good news is that Ferndale had road crews out Tuesday, trying to fill some of the potholes.
Police have been responding to several problems, and the tow trucks have been spotted all over the Metro Detroit area, helping those with flat tires.
Now, what happens when the damage is done? Who pays? Well, it depends. For instance, the Michigan Department of Transportation has a reimbursement program, but it’s complicated.
“You can certainly go on their website and look into what you’ll have to go through to look at what to do to get reimbursed,” said Adrienne Woodland, of AAA Michigan. “We definitely advise drivers to be aware of the roadways. One thing that may look like a puddle of water may actually be a deep pothole.”
Regarding the MDOT reimbursement program, 90% of claims get denied. The state has 30 days to respond to a report of a problem pothole. If they don’t fix the pothole that caused the damage, you get the money, but the damage has to occur on a state roadway for MDOT to cover the costs. Your insurance company may be able to help, but it depends.
“That type of damage typically falls under a collision portion,” Woodland said. “Whether there is a deductible, that depends on your policy and your insurance company.”
If you hit a pothole, make sure you log all of the information. Also, you should take a photo of that pothole and make sure the state has all of the information to make sure you can try to recoup some of that money.