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Pot hole damage to vehicle

By mickey - 2 March 2012 76

Hello Fellow Rioters.

Yesterday on my drive to work, my little Hyundai Getz hit a pot hole and suffered a broken wheel and tyre. I had to wait for 2 hours after calling the NRMA for a tow truck to come and drop off the car to a mechanic in Braddon.

I was charged 255$ for the tow – that after being a NRMA roadside assistance member. On top of that I will be charged another  ~300$ for a new wheel and tyre, and that excludes any suspension damage. Mine was the 6th car to have been damaged from the same pot hole.

My question is – how can I make a claim to the ACT government for damages. Apart from the fact that I had to spend 550$ on the car, I had to take the day off work, as I was only able to get to the mechanic at around 12 in the afternoon – and I am yet to get my car back.

I have been advised that I should contact Canberra Connect – has anyone been succesful in getting their claim reimbursed in a similar situation. Like I said, I was the 6th car to have been damaged by this pot hole. I have the name and number of another lady who also suffered a similar fate who can be a witness if required.

Any suggestions would be most appreciated.

PS. This pot hole was near the exit ramp towards tuggeranong parkway on william hovell drive – just under the bridge at glenloch interchange. This was subsequently patched up while me and 2 other cars were waiting for the tow trucks to arrive, approximately 11am yesterday.

What’s Your opinion?


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Pot hole damage to vehicle
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pajs 1:51 pm
02 Mar 12
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My suggestion is you pay for the repair of your own car, caused by your own driving, and stop expecting to shift your private costs to ACT taxpayers.

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ABC129 1:59 pm
02 Mar 12
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Did you not have a spare?

I would suggest you might be pushing it uphill trying to make a claim against the Government for damages. If it was an existing pothole that they had been notified about then ‘maybe’, but to my knowledge that crater opened up yesterday morning and got very large very quickly leaving very little time for anyone to do anything about it. Unfortunately in your case I think it might be more a case of bad luck than bad management…. But if you don’t ask you don’t get so ask away if it makes you feel better. I agree, Canberra Connect or TAMS would be the best place to start..

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Zeital 1:59 pm
02 Mar 12
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Did you even try calling Canberra Connect before you posted this? because that would save you a lot of hassle people are gonna give you here…

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EvanJames 2:01 pm
02 Mar 12
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I think it’s time this famous pothole got its own name…

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pink little birdie 2:01 pm
02 Mar 12
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also that pot hole although may have been made worse by the rain has been there for ages. Also pay the extra money in your NRMA membership to get free towing. I have had lots of towing from the NRMA and it’s been free (gearboxes falling out and head gaskets blowing not crashes)

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rbw 2:03 pm
02 Mar 12
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sorry OP, s*** happens. I’ve lost windscreens due to stones flying from roadworks. I had to pay for it, even though technically it was the Government’s fault. In your situation it would be impossible to find the Govt at fault for a just opened pothole in torrential rain. And given they turned up to fix it shortly after you hit it shows they were on the ball anyway.

Claim it on your car insurance. if you don’t have adequate cover, then bad luck.

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mickey 2:03 pm
02 Mar 12
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pajs said :

My suggestion is you pay for the repair of your own car, caused by your own driving, and stop expecting to shift your private costs to ACT taxpayers.

haha thanks pajs. you either do not drive a vehicle or have not had a tryst with one of these pot holes as yet, and i sincerely hope you never do. :)

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rbw 2:04 pm
02 Mar 12
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EvanJames said :

I think it’s time this famous pothole got its own name…

we have mully. so the pothole can be muddy

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Lazy I 2:04 pm
02 Mar 12
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$225 for a tow? that’s an insurance job if ever i’ve seen one.

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mickey 2:05 pm
02 Mar 12
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I had a spare but it was pouring and the spare was low on air as well. To make matters worse, while waiting with my hazard lights on – the battery died 😀

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Hellno 2:05 pm
02 Mar 12
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pajs said :

My suggestion is you pay for the repair of your own car, caused by your own driving, and stop expecting to shift your private costs to ACT taxpayers.

That’s a bit harsh. I’m with Mickey and I’m sure it was not his driving to blame. I think it’s fair to assume you can drive along WHD without your car disappearing into a pothole. I’m interested to see what advice is offered. My car hit a massive pothole too this week. It was not visible due to being full of water and it being dark out. If I had been dring a Getz rather than a larger-wheeled vehicle maybe I would have been in Mickey’s situation.

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mickey 2:15 pm
02 Mar 12
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Hellno said :

pajs said :

My suggestion is you pay for the repair of your own car, caused by your own driving, and stop expecting to shift your private costs to ACT taxpayers.

That’s a bit harsh. I’m with Mickey and I’m sure it was not his driving to blame. I think it’s fair to assume you can drive along WHD without your car disappearing into a pothole. I’m interested to see what advice is offered. My car hit a massive pothole too this week. It was not visible due to being full of water and it being dark out. If I had been dring a Getz rather than a larger-wheeled vehicle maybe I would have been in Mickey’s situation.

It was so massive that it was a bit risky trying to change the spare and drive on, there could have been suspnsion damage. I am going to pick up the car shortly, will find out if there actually was any suspension damage, or might take it in to pedders to get it checked thoroghly.

The towie advised that since a pot hole damage is considered to be an ‘accident’, caused by an ACT road, there are good chances that ACT roads/ TAMS will reimburse you for repairs if your car is registered (3rd party insurance cover?), as there is a CTPI premium you pay at the time of registration.

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Tetranitrate 2:16 pm
02 Mar 12
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This particular pot hole has been there for at least a month, It isn’t just the recent rain.
It has been reported(well at least I know I did).

The state of the roads in the ACT is downright shameful. Northbourne is an utter joke. You’d think you were driving around a third world country, not the capital of Australia.

pajs said :

My suggestion is you pay for the repair of your own car, caused by your own driving, and stop expecting to shift your private costs to ACT taxpayers.

Go crawl back into whatever hole you came out of.

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p1 2:18 pm
02 Mar 12
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While I sympathise, (I narrowly missed the same hole yesterday) I don’t like you chances of getting anything out of the ACT gov. Maybe if you can make a case that the hole was there for a long time, and had it been repair earlier the rain would not have made it worse, but all that sounds like a lot to prove in order to save five or six hundred dollars.

Might have been good if someone could have dropped a giant witches hat in the hole to warn people though…

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Tetranitrate 2:19 pm
02 Mar 12
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rbw said :

sorry OP, s*** happens. I’ve lost windscreens due to stones flying from roadworks. I had to pay for it, even though technically it was the Government’s fault. In your situation it would be impossible to find the Govt at fault for a just opened pothole in torrential rain. And given they turned up to fix it shortly after you hit it shows they were on the ball anyway.
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Unless of course the pothole in question has been there for at least a month and the ACT government has been aware of it – in which case the ACT government is clearly negligent.

The rain’s probably made it worse, but I’ve been avoiding that particular hole every day for some time now.

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