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(WTKR)   State DOT says road contractor must pay for claims by drivers for pothole damage. Documents show not one claim approved in five years   (wtkr.com) divider line 20
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2013-03-05 08:37:35 AM
Deer TV news web people.  More than just your local viewing area accesses your website.  That's why you put it up there in the first place.  I shouldn't have to hunt to figure out what market WXYZ is in.  It should be in the banner somewhere.
 
2013-03-05 08:38:12 AM
Ric Romero reports?  C'mon guys, you're slipping.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-03-05 08:38:42 AM
Around here insurance companies owe punitive damages if they play that game but ordinary people and businesses can wait for the lawsuit papers to arrive.
 
2013-03-05 08:42:39 AM

itsfullofstars: Deer TV news web people.  More than just your local viewing area accesses your website.  That's why you put it up there in the first place.  I shouldn't have to hunt to figure out what market WXYZ is in.  It should be in the banner somewhere.


Pro Tip:
Click their weather link and look at the maps.
 
2013-03-05 08:47:22 AM

ZAZ: Around here insurance companies owe punitive damages if they play that game but ordinary people and businesses can wait for the lawsuit papers to arrive.


Yep, construction companies buy insurance for these things, but insurance companies will fight every claim. You can get paid, but you've got to be pushy about it, not just accept their initial shrug off.
 
2013-03-05 08:47:36 AM

itsfullofstars: Deer TV


My cat loves that channel

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-03-05 08:49:33 AM

itsfullofstars: Deer TV news web people.  More than just your local viewing area accesses your website.  That's why you put it up there in the first place.  I shouldn't have to hunt to figure out what market WXYZ is in.  It should be in the banner somewhere.


Funny, the first line of the article lists the location - Norfolk, VA.
 
2013-03-05 08:53:21 AM
Wait? This is a real thing?

MWHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

/Louisiana roads laugh at your shenanigans.
 
2013-03-05 08:55:16 AM
Okay, these people hit a pothole once every other month, no mention of actual damages to vehicle, and whine, whine and whiiiiiine.  I can imagine Flint's response would be less receptive, since the call would start with 'Look I just hit 23 potholes in the last 1/4 mile' (click).  If you can hit a 'pothole' without damage on an interstate, that is just road noise.  My fil hit a pothole on I75 going the speed limit, it damaged the rim, broke half the lug bolts, bent all his driveshafts (minus the left side front), shattered his transfer case and severely damaged the transmission on his F250.  It would've been worse but a smart car had filled it in a little bit before he got there.
 
2013-03-05 09:19:00 AM
That news site is for Hampton Roads area of Virginia.

We used to live in Virginia Beach, and I'd like to say that I-264 between the oceanfront and about to the HRBT (Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel) there are these gaps between some large cement slabs on the highway that VDOT filled in, and it is like going over small speedbumps at least a couple times per mile...seems like it could throw your alignment off if you hit them the wrong way.

Some surface streets in the area are pretty friggin awful too.

We are now up in Northern Virginia, and there are some really bad potholes, along with a lot of areas where they repaved the roads, but the sewer caps (or whatever they are called) are still too low, so it's like hitting a bad pothole.

Stupid VDOT.
 
2013-03-05 09:22:09 AM
"but but but that means we'd have to hire and then actually PAY someone - granted not a real wage but still, it's the principal of the thing."

yes, I know.  rhymes with Deer
 
2013-03-05 10:12:31 AM

Minerva8918: That news site is for Hampton Roads area of Virginia.

We used to live in Virginia Beach, and I'd like to say that I-264 between the oceanfront and about to the HRBT (Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel) there are these gaps between some large cement slabs on the highway that VDOT filled in, and it is like going over small speedbumps at least a couple times per mile...seems like it could throw your alignment off if you hit them the wrong way.

Some surface streets in the area are pretty friggin awful too.

We are now up in Northern Virginia, and there are some really bad potholes, along with a lot of areas where they repaved the roads, but the sewer caps (or whatever they are called) are still too low, so it's like hitting a bad pothole.

Stupid VDOT.


The potholes, and that's a serious misnomer as some of them are more like pits, have gotten much much worse over the last few months.  Some big scandal with the VDOT oversight going on here.
 
2013-03-05 10:38:48 AM
Things have gotten exponentially worse here the past year.  http://www.wvec.com/home/VDot-Emails-194082381.html  has decent pictures of typical potholes.  Even some transportation officials and local politicians have wheel damage.  IMHO, as long as they refuse to pave over the repaired cement highway with asphalt, this mess will continue.  The stretch from here to Richmond and beyond gets far better treatment.  I don't personally fault the private contractor "TME".  They are in over their heads.  I blame the Commonwealth.  Well, perhaps not so much Common as it is NorthernVirginiaWealth.  One of your new flyovers would pay to fix all this.  Jerks.
 
2013-03-05 11:24:01 AM

TheGreenMonkey: Minerva8918: That news site is for Hampton Roads area of Virginia.

We used to live in Virginia Beach, and I'd like to say that I-264 between the oceanfront and about to the HRBT (Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel) there are these gaps between some large cement slabs on the highway that VDOT filled in, and it is like going over small speedbumps at least a couple times per mile...seems like it could throw your alignment off if you hit them the wrong way.

Some surface streets in the area are pretty friggin awful too.

We are now up in Northern Virginia, and there are some really bad potholes, along with a lot of areas where they repaved the roads, but the sewer caps (or whatever they are called) are still too low, so it's like hitting a bad pothole.

Stupid VDOT.

The potholes, and that's a serious misnomer as some of them are more like pits, have gotten much much worse over the last few months.  Some big scandal with the VDOT oversight going on here.


Are you in HR or NoVA?

Yeah, pits would probably be the more correct term!
 
2013-03-05 12:48:32 PM

kendelrio: Wait? This is a real thing?

MWHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

/Louisiana roads laugh at your shenanigans.


Yeah, I'd never heard of this either, but apparently, if you report a pothole the contractor who built the road has to fix it w/in 48 hours.  These guys weren't doing it and they were blowing off claims made by people whose cars were damaged by their shoddy maintenance.

It was probably a bunch of crap thrown in there by the legislators as a sop to whoever was opposed to contracting road construction out - "See? If they do a crappy job, they have to pay to fix your car!"  Of course, everybody knew that would never happen, which is exactly the case here.

The interesting thing is that if a state DOT is in charge of road maintenance, lots of times they have sovereign immunity to protect them from liability in the exercise of their official duties.  So, if you're a state employee and you do a crappy job of filling a pot hole, you're in the clear, but if you're a contracted private company and your contract requires you to keep the road in a good state of repair, you could be liable if any of the drivers ever lawyer up.

Does Louisiana ever contract out road construction and maintenance?  I bet they don't, which is why they don't pay out damages.
 
2013-03-05 02:30:38 PM
Egads, do they seriously expect to use that money slated to give to taxpayers to go to taxpayers?  Are they serious?  Your congressman would like remind you that his cocaine habit isn't going to pay for itself, dammit.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-03-05 02:56:42 PM
The interesting thing is that if a state DOT is in charge of road maintenance, lots of times they have sovereign immunity to protect them from liability in the exercise of their official duties.

In Massachusetts the state DOT is liable for injury but not property damage from defective roads.
 
2013-03-05 06:17:33 PM
phyrkrakr:
Does Louisiana ever contract out road construction and maintenance?  I bet they don't, which is why they don't pay out damages.

Are you kidding me? In Louisiana, road repair consists of one guy driving a dump truck and a couple of inmates sitting in the back tossing tar gravel in the holes...... I dunno who is responsible though.
 
2013-03-05 09:03:03 PM
Erhenzeller, lol.
 
2013-03-06 12:44:36 AM
No claim has been paid because the burden of proof is on the driver to prove that the pothole was solely responsible for the damage.  Good luck getting your 4 year old retread paid for in full
 
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