Drivers Seek Pothole Damages

By: Katherine Cook Email
By: Katherine Cook Email

Around Colorado Springs, drivers are still trying to dodge potholes that have caused damage to many cars, and some people are asking the city to pay for repairs. By Tuesday afternoon, the city's Risk Management Office had received about 50 claims, including one from Mark Onstott.
"The alignment was out and the car didn't drive straight anymore, so I was concerned about the safety of the car," said Onstott, who hit a big pothole on Austin Bluffs and Union. The damage to his car cost him $125.00. John Davis of the city's Risk Management Office says before Onstott or anyone gets compensation, there must be an investigation into every claim.
"If we have notice of dangerous conditions and we are found that we did not respond within a reasonable amount of time and that results in damage to somebody's car, then there might be a case," said Davis.
But Davis says it's unlikely all 50 claims he's received will warrant compensation.
"There is a small percentage of claims that come in as fraud."
Davis says other filers may not have been following speed limits or taking reasonable precaution. More important than money, Onstott says he filed his claim for safety awareness.
"If that were a motorcycle and not a car, there could have been a much more serious accident."
The Street Division says it's goal is to repair major street damage within 48 hours of when they get a complaint. For more information on filing a claim, call the city's Risk Management Department at 385-5661.


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