COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Potholes can lead to car damage and potentially hundred of dollars in repair bills.
The Ohio Department of Transportation and the city of Columbus have a process to file a claim.
Remember, ODOT maintains interstates, U.S. Routes and State Routes that are outside municipalities, including Columbus.
Drivers in Columbus can report a pothole by calling (614) 645-3111. The city sends crews to repair most of them, sometimes on the same day.
Keep detailed records and the report the damage quickly.
The state's rules for reimbursing pothole damage require drivers to prove their car was busted by a pothole, then prove the pothole existed at the time they hit it, and finally prove that ODOT did not repair the pothole within a reasonable time frame.
There's no guarantee your claim will be approved.
Last year, ABC 6/FOX 28 found since 2013, ODOT paid out $3.4 million in pothole claims, but avoided paying some $15.9 million in additional claims — much of it due to 641 damage claims being denied or dismissed by the Court of Claims.
Records obtained from the the city of Columbus last year showed only 51 claims were filed in the previous two years.
Furthermore, the City of Columbus has not been deemed liable in any of those cases, and has paid $0.00 in claims payments.