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Drivers file pothole claims with city

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City workers were back out filling potholes Friday. Every year, the Court of Claims of Ohio receives documents from drivers asking the state to pay for the damage to their property.

They're creeping up all across our area. Drivers say it's hard to dodge the big cavities.
Huge holes that can cause a lot of damage to your car. This driver is all to familiar with the sound of his car hitting a pothole.

"Pretty much a thump to a bing to a bounce just depends on the hole," says driver Daryl Caswell.

If you hit a pothole on the interstate, you can fill out a form with the Court of Claims of Ohio.
You'll have to prove ODOT knew about the pothole before you hit it and that they failed to fill it.
The process will take a few weeks.

If you're rolling down the street in the city of Toledo and you hit a pothole and your car is damaged. The city law director encourages you call the city law department and talk to a claims investigator.

"We can't really insure everyone on the road against potholes that would be impossible and a promise we couldn't keep. So it's very rare we honor a claim for potholes because typically they're caused by factors not really in our control and we do take reasonable effects to address them," says Toledo City Law Director Adam Loukx

If you hit a pothole in an outlining area, you should contact the law director in that jurisdiction.
     
City of Toledo Law Department: 419-245-1020

Claim Form: http://www.dot.state.oh.us/damagereport/Pages/default.aspx
     
 

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