Curious Who Pays For Pothole Damage
Who is responsible if your car becomes damaged by a pothole? You or the town/city where the pothole is? – Karen, W. Roxbury
I’m already seeing hubcaps popping up in the snow.
The answer to Karen’s question is- it depends on where you hit the pothole.
If it’s a road that is maintained by a city or a town you can file a claim with that community since it’s their responsibility to maintain the road. In Boston you can do that online right here.
For most other communities you can file a claim with the city or town clerk.
But if you hit a pothole on a state road you’re out of luck, because state law gives the state a pass on that. The state has no liability if a car is damaged. The only liability comes if a person is injured.
Of course your insurance should cover car damage but remember that your deductible will apply.
Drive carefully. What are you curious about?