With all the snow and ice in the past few months, AAA says they're seeing a record number of pot holes this season.
RICHMOND (WRIC) - Pot holes are popping up across Central Virginia and with all the snow and ice in the past few months, AAA says they're seeing a record number of pot holes this season.
"We have had a higher number than normal of pot holes for this time of year but that is just simply due to the active weather season that we have had," says VDOT spokesperson Lindsay LeGrand.
VDOT has patched nearly 5,700 around the state in the last three months. Between 2012 and 2014, 375 drivers have filed claims for pot hole damage. From those, the state agency spent more than $7,000 for car repairs.
"We investigate each case very carefully and individually," LeGrand says. "We will take a look and see if there is some sort of negligence on the part of VDOT if we knew about a pot hole and did not fill it for example."
But any pot hole damage claim above $1,000 is handled by the Virginia Department of Treasury's Risk Management Division.
In 2013, that department received less than a dozen claims and the department paid out less than $10,000 for repairs. The more information you can provide in your claim, the better your chance of getting reimbursed.
"The location for the pot hole the time and day they sustained damage to their vehicle as well as any photos they might have will help as well," LeGrand says.
To file a claim with VDOT, you can do it online or call 1-800-FOR-ROAD.