“The other morning when I was driving to work, this guy tried to merge directly into me. I swerved to avoid getting hit and wound up hitting a pothole really hard. I made it into the office, but the car isn’t handling right at all. Now what do I do?”
In our experience running a collision repair shop, potholes can cause a lot of damage – especially when you hit them going highway speeds. The most common damage will be to the tire. It’s also very common for the wheels to become bent or misaligned, which can affect the vehicle’s handling and stability. If it’s the rear tire that goes into the pot hole, damage can include damage to the shocks, bent axle, damage to the muffler and exhaust system and more.
It Is Important to Have Your Car Checked Right Away
The damage done to your car by hitting a pothole can be quite serious. You don’t want to discover exactly how serious the damage is while you’re driving the car – this is dangerous for you and for everyone around you, especially if something finishing breaking while you’re going at a high speed. Instead, visit the best local collision center. They will thoroughly inspect your vehicle and let you know if you’re safe to drive.
It is almost impossible to recover any funds from the state of Massachusetts for damage done to your car by potholes and road conditions. The decision whether to submit a claim to your insurance or to pay for repairs out of pocket is a very individual one, based on the type of coverage you have, any deductibles, and other factors. That being said, the best collision repair shops can assist you with filing a claim. They may also be able to help you get a rental car while your car is being fixed.