By Anavid Reyes

Thud! It happened again – you hit another pothole. That’s the third one this morning and you aren’t even to work yet.

Potholes aren’t just a roadway nuisance, they can do real damage to your vehicle and your wallet.

Although small bits of debris can easily be run over without much consequence, large dips and holes can cause severe damage to your car and can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.

Potholes—we like to call them “catastrophic crevices”—are not only extremely common but also treacherous road hazards. 

Yes, You Can Get Reimbursed for Pothole Damage

Who is responsible when you hit a pothole and there’s damage to your car?

If a pothole damages your car, you may be able to get compensation from the city for some or all of the costs. Drivers must file a claim within 90 days of the incident.

You can file a property damage claim with the city either manually or electronically via the eClaim system provided by the city comptroller’s office.

Besides your personal information, you’ll need to include the date, time and location of the incident, along with the way the claim arose, and the items damaged, including dollar amounts.

If there were any witnesses to the incident, include their names and contact information.

For auto damage, you need to complete a claim form, submit two written estimates for the cost of repairing damages or a copy of the paid receipt for repairs, and get a police report.

If not using the eClaim system, submit your claim either in person or by sending your completed claim form and supplementary information to the comptroller’s office by certified or registered mail.



  1. I blew a tire in pothole on a dark road late at night while driving RIDESHARE….the hole was do deep it felt like a bomb went off under the car. THE COUNTY OR STATE should have paid for my towing, new tire and new rim.


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