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Have you ever damaged your car by driving over a pothole?

Response Percent Votes
76% 517
23% 158
Total 675


Majestic42 6 years ago

Yes, and it's usually followed by a cry of "GODDOMMIT FRONK."

anagram 6 years ago

No, but it's only a matter of time with that whopping crater on northbound Kasold south of 23rd. There's no way to dodge it, either, because of the pylons.

Kampinqueen 6 years ago

Oh yes absalutely I have...I hit a pothole on Massachusettes about 2 yrs ago and called the city and they said they were not responsible for any damages done to cars caused by Lawrence City Streets....I was livid!!!!

Curtis Lange 6 years ago

Which is bull. They ARE responsible, just as the companies with trucks saying 'We are not responsible for damage' are, in fact, responsible.

I've hit two potholes that resulted in damage, one in Tonganoxie and another here in Lawrence. Both times, the cities paid.

Moral of the story for pothole damage: Don't take no for an answer. Arm yourself with photos of the pothole, damage estimates and again, don't take no for an answer.

BigPrune 6 years ago

Actually, the City is NOT responsible for damage caused by potholes. I ruined a tire and wheel and didn't get squat.

The City has to be informed of said pothole prior to the damage and they have to have reasonable time to fix said pothole (reasonable time is up to them). So, it really is up to them, and I assume it is always, "no."

Something about the Tort Reform Act

Curtis Lange 6 years ago

Know why they didnt fix it? They fed you the BS about how they aren't responsible and you took the bait. NEVER take no.

BigPrune 6 years ago

I complained and complained and complained. The City sent me some legal mumbo jumbo with the turn down letter. The Tort Reform Act exempted the City.

Erin Graham 6 years ago

I used to live near 31st and Kasold.. that street was torn up! After moving, I had to get new tires and alignment done.

Erin Graham 6 years ago

Also, a friend was trying to avoid potholes (with no traffic coming the other way) east of Mass and got pulled over for suspected drunk driving. (She was sober.) If I recall correctly, the officer that pulled her over said that avoiding potholes was not an excuse to drive like that.

gccs14r 6 years ago

I avoid standing water this time of year. No telling what lurks beneath.

Keith 6 years ago

Topeka streets ate 2 tires and one rim!

farr700 6 years ago

You bet! Last year, 23rd & Harper, tire and rim, $680 later..In Johnson County, take a pic & send the city a bill, they'll pay it! Sounds reasonable.

gphawk89 6 years ago

Yep, driving late one night from Tilaran to Arenal on the road that loops around the north end of Laguna de Arenal. Part of the road had been repaired, part not. When I got to the part that was not I didn't slow down in time. Popped both front tires, split the radiator open, and tore off part of the exhaust system. Had to spend the night right there in the car. Lawrence potholes are lame.

workinghard 6 years ago

Not sure, they were never able to get it out of the pothole, they just poured the asphalt over it.

persevering_gal 6 years ago

Yes! Excessive tire wear and needing to fix my car alignment.

anagram 6 years ago

Every year a giant, car-swallowing chasm opens up in the 23rd St. entrance to the Hy-Vee shopping center just west of 23rd and Kasold (right near the AAA). It's so deep I swear I can hear cries for help coming from deep in it. Every year, someone fills it with cheap cement, and the cycle continues.

parrothead8 6 years ago

Never in my life...until I moved to Lawrence. I've had seventeen different addresses in four different states since getting my driver's license, and the roads in Lawrence are the worst I've ever driven on.

badhatHarry 6 years ago

Ditto all that. Can somebody please do something about this? The snow removal is also terrible here. Can't they just look at what other cities do and then do the same thing?

GmaD321 6 years ago

Blew out a tire on 19th near Haskell.

couldBmeorU 6 years ago

On 15th street in front of the cemetery they had repaired a water line.No sign No warning Deep HOLE New Tire and Broken headlight.But.we need a new Libary Go Figure

YourItalianPrincess 6 years ago

Watch out for the potholes ( many ) off of 23rd and Ridge Court. Just past First Med, I hit them in the dark the other night. Hard to avoid them when they cover most of the road.

LadyJ 6 years ago

Those aren't potholes, they're traffic calming devices.

JayCat_67 6 years ago

"Organic" traffic calming devices.

weatherguy48 6 years ago

Even worse about that, the city doesn't even own that stretch of road, US Bank does and they always take forever to fix the potholes every year.

Henry_the_liberal 6 years ago

Near Iowa and 10th, I was on my way to my first day at a new job. Luckily they were nice people and still allowed me to work there.

Henry_the_liberal 6 years ago

Near Iowa and 10th, I was on my way to my first day at a new job. Luckily they were nice people and still allowed me to work there.

BigPrune 6 years ago

Just try to submit a bill to the City for damages and you won't get squat, - unless you've driven into a sinkhole and your car is swallowed. Serious.

BigPrune 6 years ago

Since when????? Unless you know somebody with the City and your outcome was different. My damages were $450.

weatherguy48 6 years ago

There's a lot on E 19th I've noticed. There's an annoying one right in the middle of the 19th and Harper intersection that's been there forever, hit that one and it'll knock the cigarette right out of your hand.

Mike Edson 6 years ago

The first week I lived here, I hit one of Lawrence's grand pot holes and did over $300.00 of damage to the front suspension of my car. I almost sent the city of Lawrence the bill.

Charlie Sabotage 6 years ago

Last Winter, going underneath the train bridge in N. Lawrence when they were still doing construction. The morning after I bought my new car. When filing a complaint with the City the man on the phone basically told me it was my fault, cause he drove through there and it didn't happen to him that morning. It was one lane, one direction. I was less than impressed

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