How To Claim Pothole Damage?

Potholes are the bane for all drivers. You hit them and hear clunks and crunches as the car breaks beneath you. They are everywhere, some small and shallow with the opposite being large, deep and causing the most damage.

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Pothole damage can range from damaged tyres to full mechanical breaks with the repair costs becoming more and more expensive. Potholes aren’t always avoidable and hitting one is not your fault. It is the responsibility of the local council to fill those holes in to avoid you having accidents and damaging your car. This means you could have a case for making a claim for pothole damage to cover the cost of your repairs and more.

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If you hit a pothole…

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There are those days where you are driving along without a care in the world. You’re enjoying the drive when you hit a pothole. It sends an awful vibration through the whole car, that both makes you feel both guilty and shaken. If that vibration is followed by a loud bang or clunk, pull over in a safe place immediately.

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First, if you hit a pothole, what can I do?

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When safe to do so, get out of your car and check for damage to the tyres, on the chassis and for any debris. The tyres and wheels are the best places to start as they are the most obvious indicator that the pothole has caused serious damage. Not all the damage will be obvious to see but will be able to touch. The steering wheel might not centre properly or the car is continually pulling to one side. If there is serious damage you will feel it, even if you don’t see it.

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Take notes and pictures

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Your memory can be a fickle thing, so make sure you return to the scene. Following that, take notes and sketches. If safe, take photos of the pothole and your car, particularly any visible damage.

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When taking the photos of the pothole, you need to give an idea of the scale of the pothole. You can do this by including another item in the image for comparative measurement. Most people use a trailer or a bottle for scale.

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Many potholes on the road

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In your notes