A Quick and Easy Way to File An SCDOT Pothole Report and Claim for Damages
They say that the roads in South Carolina are so bad that a driver from another state will realize they crossed the border without seeing a sign. But there's something that you, as a South Carolinian, can do about it. In this article, you'll learn how to file a and help improve the road system in Palmetto State.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is responsible for the systematic planning, construction, maintenance, and operation of state roadways. State law requires SCDOT to inspect for potholes and make repairs promptly, but SCDOT needs the public's help in finding roads to fix.
You can play your part by reporting potholes you come across in your area. The SCDOT may not be able to fix every single pothole in the state, but the roads that are repaired could be the ones that you report. If a pothole causes damage to your car, you can also file a report with SCDOT for the repairs.
The process of reporting a pothole can be tedious and time-consuming, but there's no need to worry. DoNotPay has an easier, more convenient way to report a maintenance issue and request compensation from the SCDOT. Read on to learn more.
How to Report an Issue to SCDOT
SCDOT has crews and funds set aside for daily maintenance; they just need you to report what you see on the roads. SCDOT claims to try to fix potholes within 24 hours of being notified. There are two ways to :
- By phone. Call 1-855-GO-SCDOT (855-467-2368) to report a pothole by phone
- Via the SCDOT website. You can report potholes through the SCDOT website.
All you have to do is fill out a work request form if you see a pothole. If the pothole causes damage to your vehicle, you could have the state pay for repairs by filling your car damage claim form. After you are done filling out the forms, submit them along with a paid invoice or two repair estimates.
Note that SCDOT will only pay for damage to your vehicle if you already reported that pothole. The process of filing a SCDOT pothole report can be complex, tedious, and painful, especially if there is damage to the vehicle or injuries to its occupants. DoNotPay can help smooth over any turbulence.
Injured as a result of hitting a pothole in South Carolina? Sue your city or county for compensation.
While this option is not directly available via SCDOT's pothole reporting programs, it's still possible to sue for compensation if you get injured after hitting a pothole. DoNotPay has a feature where you can sue anyone in small claims court, which makes it possible to sue your city or county after such an incident.
How Can I Gather Evidence to Prove My Damage Claim?
If you proceed to file a lawsuit for damages after hitting a pothole in South Carolina, it's imperative that you have evidence to support your claim. Physical evidence -- such as damage to your car or injuries to the occupants -- helps prove the nature and extent of the damages and/or injuries.
Keep in mind that physical evidence can be lost, destroyed, or modified by time and weather elements. Be sure to preserve physical evidence by photographing your damaged car or torn and bloodied clothing a few days following the incident.
Evidence gathering can be complex and frustrating if you choose to pursue the case by yourself. Without proper evidence, the state will try to disprove liability and avoid paying compensation for your damages and injuries. DoNotPay makes the entire process super easy and ensures that you are compensated.
How Can DoNotPay Help?
DoNotPay can help you report a maintenance issue and request compensation from SCDOT. If you want to file a city repair report but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 6 easy steps:
- Go to the City Repairs product on DoNotPay.
- Choose one of the following options:
- Report a maintenance issue to the city
- Sue the city for compensation.
- If you want to report an issue, choose which problem you would like to report (pothole, broken lights, etc.) and tell us more about when you first noticed the issue.
- If you want to request compensation, tell us whether you 1) suffered a personal injury, or 2) suffered from property damage. Then tell us more about the incident date, where it took place, and any expenses you have already paid. Include the names of witnesses if applicable.
- Upload supporting documents and other evidence files.
- Enter the amount you want to be compensated in damages and verify your e-signature.
Why Use DoNotPay to Report Potholes and Sue for Damages?
The process of reporting potholes to the SCDOT can be lengthy and difficult, especially when you also have to claim compensation for damages or injuries. Using DoNotPay makes the whole process:
|Fast||DoNotPay removes all the tedious steps involved in the process, reducing the time it takes to file a report and get compensation significantly.|
|Easy||You don't have to do much; just provide the supporting paperwork and DoNotPay will take care of the rest.|
|Successful||DoNotPay has a high success rate in getting city repair reports filed and acted upon.|
What Else Can DoNotPay Do?
Helping you file SCDOT pothole reports and sue for compensation is just one of the many problems DoNotPay can help you solve. DoNotPay can, among other things, help you with the following:
- Report parking violations
- File traffic light complaints
- Report handicap parking violations
- Report graffiti
- Report illegal dumping
- Report rat infestation to the health department
- File a streetlight out report
- File a traffic light report
So, contact us today and let us help you with any of the issues mentioned above.