Government programs designed to reimburse drivers for pothole damage never pay out

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by khou.com staff

khou.com

Posted on February 26, 2010 at 12:30 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 26 at 12:47 AM

HOUSTON -- While the state and the city of Houston have programs in place to reimburse drivers if they hit a pothole that damages their car, claims that are filed are never paid.  

Legally you can ask the state to pay your bill when a pothole damages your car.

However, when 11 News asked the Texas Department of Transportation we learned that last year 218 drivers asked the state to reimburse them for pothole damage and none of them were reimbursed.

The state said all of the claims were investigated, but the Texas Department of Transportation said to be reimbursed, the driver would have to prove the potholes were not repaired properly, or not repaired quickly enough.

The city of Houston receives claims for pothole damage, as well, but, a city attorney said government entities are immune from paying that type of damage.

That explains why the city received 93 claims for pothole damage in 2009 and none of them were paid.

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