CLEVELAND -- Doug Wright from North Royalton is one of 275 drivers who've complained to Cleveland's law department in the first three months of 2014 about the damage done to their automobiles by city potholes.
"The pothole took out both tires on the passenger side of the car," he told FOX 8’s Lorrie Taylor.
Wright was driving west on Brookpark Road, just west of Broadview, when he drove over an enormous pothole in February.
"It was a little unnerving. I was not going very fast," he said.
Wright contacted the City of Cleveland about his two damaged tires and said he was told he would have to file a complaint with the Moral Claims Division.
Besides filling out a form, drivers like Wright will have to provide the city with a lot of paperwork, including:
- Automobile title and registration or lease contract
- Insurance coverage
- Two repair estimates or itemized bill
- Tire age
- Tread measurement
Drivers whose claims are approved won’t necessarily be compensated in full for their loss. Used tires will be priced according to their remaining tread.
What are the odds people like Wright will prevail in their attempts to be reimbursed for expenses?
They may be in for a battle if 2013 numbers are any indication. Of the 588 claims filed last year, 431 were denied while 37 remain open.