NEW YORK. So far, since December 2016, CBS News reports that the city has filled an estimated 120,000 potholes. Winter is the time when the greatest number of potholes form in city streets, but drivers, bikers, and pedestrians can encounter these potentially dangerous hazards year-round. For drivers, a pothole can result in a flat tire, or a dented and damaged hubcap. In some extreme cases, a pothole can cause damage to the underside of a car or result in a crash. In some instances, drivers and car owners face bills in the thousands of dollars for damages caused by potholes. For working families in New York, an unexpected thousand-dollar bill can be crippling.
Yet, potholes can be deadly for more vulnerable commuters. Bikers in the city, for example, can be tossed from their bikes or fall if they hit an unexpected pothole. Bikers swerving to avoid a dangerous pothole could find themselves hitting another vehicle or pedestrian. Potholes can also alter the regular flow of traffic, putting both pedestrians and bikers at risk.
Pothole damages can cost hundreds of dollars. However, city drivers and commuters have rights under the law. If you have suffered an injury or damages due to a pothole, you can file a claim against the city. According to the Official Website of the City of New York, you can file a claim against the city for damage to your vehicle due to a pothole.
If you or a loved one was physically injured due to poor road conditions in the city, it is important to consider your rights. Medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages can add up. Adjusters may offer you a lower value to your claim to protect their bottom lines. This is why if you’ve been hurt, it may be wise to speak to the New York City personal injury lawyers at Antin, Ehrlich, & Epstein, L.L.P. Our firm can review the damages of your accident, estimate a fair value of your claim, and fight to help you get the settlement you may deserve under the law.
Potholes are a sad reality of life for New York drivers and commuters, but unrepaired road damage can be deadly and dangerous—for drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists. If you see a pothole, report it to 311. If you’ve been injured due to a pothole or due to road damage, it is important to make a police report and to seek medical care for your injuries.
Document everything after an accident—from ER discharge papers to car repair quotes and bills. At the end of the day, the city may be responsible for reimbursing you for your losses and damages. However, seeking damages from the city can sometimes be complicated. If you’ve been seriously hurt due to road neglect, you have rights. Contact the New York City personal injury lawyers at Antin, Ehrlich, & Epstein, L.L.P. today to learn more about your rights.