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What Are Potholes And Do They Cause Damage?

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Recently, several vehicles suffered damage ranging from flat tires to front-end damage when  several drivers hit a large pothole. Potholes start when water seeps through the pavement, freezes, and causes the pavement to expand. As traffic continues over these areas, potholes are formed. Because of this, new potholes pop up during colder weather. While drivers can do little to prevent potholes, there are things you can do to avoid them and to limit the amount of damage your vehicle suffers if you do hit a pothole.

  • Follow the flow of traffic. If the vehicles in front of you are moving to the right or left, follow them. They are likely trying to avoid a pothole or other obstacle in the road.
  • Keep a large enough following distance that if the vehicle in front of you hits a pothole, you can avoid it.
  • Avoid puddles when possible. There could be a hidden pothole.
  • Be aware of potholes, particularly if it takes a while for them to be repaired. If you drive that road regularly, make a mental note how you can drive to avoid hitting the pothole.
  • If you hit a pothole, stop as soon as possible to assess the damage. Make sure your tires, including the rims, have not suffered any damage. Check to be sure the pothole did not damage your front end or cause damage to the alignment. If there is damage to your vehicle, get it repaired as soon as possible.
  • If you see a pothole, whether you hit it or not, report it to the Tennessee Department of Transportation so it can be repaired quickly.

Sometimes accidents on the road happen because of inattentive drivers rather than problems with the road. If you were injured in an accident caused by another driver, contact us. Our Chattanooga car accident attorneys want to help those injured in car accidents.