Money Pot: Should the Government Pay for Pothole Damage to Cars?

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NORTH TEXAS - Now that the sun is out and the ice has melted, it seems this winter has done its worst. And now, we will rebuild! xDOT crews are working 12-hour shifts to repair the nasty potholes the weather left in its wake.  Meanwhile, mechanics at Hamm`s Tires on I-30 are busy fixing the cars that have been hitting pothole after pothole. After pothole.

As State Inspector Eric Thompson explained, "It'll separate the tire, blow out the tire, bend the wheel, cause different damage to the vehicle itself."

This damage can get expensive -- and fast.  The question is: Since the Department of Transportation is responsible for keeping the roads drivable, should they also be on the hook for your repair bills?

Patrick Parker, a customer at Hamm's, said he would be contacting TxDOT to ask for reimbursement for the damage costs.  But will he - and those like him - get paid back?

Turns out, TxDOT does offer an online form that`ll let you report a pothole and make a complaint.

But as for whether you`ll ever be reimbursed for pothole damage... well, you might be better off buying a Powerball ticket.

We found a 42-page document put out by the Texas Municipal League entitled Political Subdivision Liability Under The Texas Tort Claims Act and on page 6, in footnote #13, there it is in the teeny tiny print:

Sounds like the government's off the hook. Guess it just goes to show, as State Inspector Thompson said, "Mother Nature's gonna win every time."

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