Posted on: March 29, 2016
Crumbling roadways are a huge problem in South Carolina. Many drivers have had their cars damaged by large potholes and deteriorating asphalt, leaving them with significant repair costs. Since it is the responsibility of the state to keep South Carolina roadways in good repair, it is unfair for drivers to have to shoulder the expensive financial burden of these costs.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has a fund to compensate drivers for damages resulting from poor roadway conditions, but few people know about it. We at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers want to spread the word about this program to ensure that everyone has access to the claims process.
The “Payment for Potholes” Program
If you have had damage to your car and believe that poorly maintained roads were the cause, you can file a claim to have your repair costs reimbursed by the state thanks to the South Carolina Association for Justice’s (SCAJ) Pro-Bono “Payment for Potholes” Program. Residents with damaged vehicles will be connected with SCAJ attorneys who can offer guidance through the SCDOT damage claims process.
According to the SCAJ President, “The State of South Carolina has neglected its responsibility to properly repair our roadways, invest in our transportation infrastructure, and keep our drivers safe. In the long term, we hope lawmakers can set aside their political differences to pass a bill with a stable source of funding that will fix our roads once and for all. Until that happens, the ‘Payment for Potholes’ web portal will temporarily ease the burden on drivers at no cost to them.”
Here’s what you’ll need to do:
- Visit http://www.scdot.org to report the damage to the South Carolina Department of Transportation
- Provide two estimates from repairmen on the cost to have your vehicle repaired
- Provide proof of insurance and proof of registration
- Have your claim form notarized
- Submit all documents to the following address:
7201 Fairfield Rd.
Columbia, SC 29203
Car Accident Lawyers in South Carolina
If you’ve been hurt in a car accident caused by South Carolina’s deteriorating roadways, you may have a valid claim for compensation against the state. We help people injured in car accidents caused by another person. You may be eligible to pursue monetary damages for things like medical bills, pain and suffering, property damage, lost wages and/or earning capacity, and more. We invite you to contact us today to learn more about how we can help get you the money you need – FAST! Consultations are free, so there’s nothing to lose.
George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers serves South Carolina residents anywhere in the state from our office locations in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Moncks Corner, Orangeburg, Walterboro, Florence, Myrtle Beach, Spartanburg, and Anderson.