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Ways Colorado Springs Streets Ruin Your Automobile

Pure Presence - Monday, May 29, 2017

As winter comes to an end and spring 2017 commences, a rise in damages to Colorado Springs roadways begins to emerge. Many factors contribute to the poor condition of Colorado Springs roadways. Poor maintenance and extreme weather conditions are two such examples. The damage to your vehicle can run from several hundred dollars to over a thousand dollars. Who is responsible for repairing damages caused by hazardous road conditions? Can you be sued if a hazardous road condition leads to an auto accident between your car and another vehicle?

Hazardous Road Conditions to Avoid

While there are no guarantees that you will not encounter hazardous roadways when you drive down a street in Colorado Springs, there are certain conditions to avoid when driving your vehicle over them. Beware of potholes, reverse potholes or hills, tree roots that have lifted up the asphalt roadway, false curbs, speed bumps, and metal plates. Debris, especially small pebbles and rocks can cause great damage to your windshield or vehicle body. If interaction with the hazardous road condition is unavoidable, at least try to slow down to minimize vehicle damage.

What to Do if Your Car is Damaged Because of a Hazardous Road Conditions

In the event your car sustains damages after contact with a hazardous road condition, you can file a claim with the City of Colorado Springs at 385-ROAD or file a claim with your auto insurance company. Under both scenarios you must prove that the hazardous road condition caused your vehicle’s damage, otherwise you lose and must pay your own repair costs. In the event of an insurance claim is filed, a deductible may apply. Consult your insurance agent before filing a claim to review how a claim will affect your insurance rates.

If the City of Colorado Springs Denies My Claim, Can I Sue?

The city of Colorado Springs is protected by the Governmental Immunities Act. This law provides the city with a reasonable period of time to repair the hazardous condition before any liability attaches. If the hazardous condition is reported and the city fails to repair it after a reasonable period of time you may be able to sue the city of Colorado Springs. Consult aColorado Springs attorney to review the specific aspects of your case.

Can I Be Sued if I am Involved in a Car Accident Because of a Pothole?

The short answer is yes. If you are in a collision with another vehicle and the pothole caused your accident, your collision insurance will cover any vehicle, property, or personal injury damages. If any passengers or the other driver is injured, you may be found to be at fault and responsible for any bodily injury or property damage not covered by your automobile insurance policy.

Contact a Colorado Springs Personal Injury Attorney

If you, a family member, or friend has been injured following an automobile collision, please contactNoffsinger Law. Call us at (719) 368-3688 to schedule your personal injury case evaluation. Your consultation is free and no fees will be charged unless a recovery is made on your behalf. Our office is located at 545 E. Pikes Peak Avenue, Suite 205, Colorado Springs, Colorado. We are open weekdays Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.