Our area has seen a significant amount of snow recently, which means plows have been working non-stop to clear the roads for drivers.
Potholes, bowl-shaped openings in the road that can be several inches deep, happen because of wear-and-tear and weathering on the road. With all of the ice, snow, salt, and plows the Toledo area has seen lately, there’s no doubt there is a significant amount of potholes on our roads.
Potholes can start out small and end up growing, increasing the chance for damage to your vehicle. They are one of the top causes of car accidents, making this an issue that affects our readers.
What can a pothole do to my car?
Potholes affect the suspension and shocks of your car. They can cause a lot of damage to your vehicle as they put an enormous amount of strain on it.
If you are driving down the road and hit a pothole, the damage that may result can compare to that of a car accident at 35 miles per hours.
How can I deal with potholes?
If you notice potholes on the roads you travel, we recommend that you report them to the city. This can possibly help speed up the process in which they will get fixed.
Since we are currently experiencing weather that creates potholes, we recommend that drivers navigate the roads with caution. Be prepared to come across potholes. Drive slower than usual on any roadway that is known to be affected by potholes or that is especially bumpy.
What do I do if a pothole caused a car to hit me?
If a pothole caused another vehicle to hit your vehicle, you should contact a car accident lawyer as soon as possible.
It is every driver’s responsibility to operate their vehicle according to the conditions of the roadway, which includes driving properly on roads with potholes, just as it does on roads with snow.
If a driver hits your vehicle and causes you or one of your passenger’s injuries, you should file a personal injury claim. Call our office at 800.637.8170 to review the case with a lawyer and talk about the legal options that you have.
Driving Safe among Potholes
The advice we give to readers is to navigate the road cautiously in anticipation of potholes. The last thing that you want to happen is an accident with a pothole that could cause damage to your vehicle, and possibly damage another vehicle as well.
If you have questions about potholes and car accidents, feel free to call our office at 800.637.8170.