Dents in wheel rim from pot hole  
Dents in wheel rim from pot hole - Leif
I went over a nasty pot hole on Sunday, and there are two 'dents' in the wheel rim, where the rim has been folder back. Each is about 3" long. Does anyone know if

a) There is any safety issue.
b) Any MOT implications?
c) How to claim for repairs from the council, and if it can be done at the next service for convenience? I guess I need to report the pot hole, which is huge, and in a country road.

Thanks.

Tags: driving claims potholes wheels and tyres

Dents in wheel rim from pot hole - pmh
New tyre immediately!

New wheel! (based on your description of damage).

I believe that some people succeed in a claim, but you will need persistence and patience.





pmh
Dents in wheel rim from pot hole - Baskerville
a) There is any safety issue.


The tyre might suddenly deflate. Assuming this is a steel wheel, get it hammered out--won't cost much. At the same time have them check the inside of the tyre for damage. I'd put this one to spare for now and replace the tyre at some point.
b) Any MOT implications?


Not sure--someone will know.
c) How to claim for repairs from the council


Good luck with that.

and if it can be done
at the next service for convenience?


Get it done now. See a) above.
Dents in wheel rim from pot hole - *Gongfarmer*
I had exactly this happen a few years ago on the way to work. I rang the council later that morning to report it and was sent a claim form. I went back that evening to photograph it for evidence and found it had been filled in! The claim was paid reasonably quickly without argument. In my case I claimed for a new wheel trim, and checking the tracking. I beat the (steel) wheel out with my best Toffee hammer and was told the tyre was OK.

Some months later I noticed another hole in a back lane and duly reported it. About a year later it was repaired..................

Edited by *Gongfarmer* on 17/06/2008 at 13:39

Dents in wheel rim from pot hole - Roger Jones
My local authority has a very efficient website channel for reports of road defects. They usually get fixed within a day or two. I think the reports are picked up on laptops by the guys in the repair trucks.

Here's a site for links to government at all levels:

www.tagish.co.uk/links/
Dents in wheel rim from pot hole - DP
Claims can be successful. In fact there was £53 million paid in compensation for pothole related damage and injury last year according to this website:

www.fleetnews.co.uk/news/story/?nID=47220
Dents in wheel rim from pot hole - welshlad
thats ridculous when you consider the cost for repairing all the potholes would have been a fraction of the cost..........our taxes at work eh!!

Edited by welshlad on 17/06/2008 at 17:32

Dents in wheel rim from pot hole - Stuartli
>>I think the reports are picked up on laptops by the guys in the repair trucks.>>

In my area the road repair crews can only repair what they are told to do; I've pointed out holes within a few yards of a repair and just get a shrug of the shoulders. Most realise the stupidity of the situation, but it's all down to costs.

Re insurance claims. Every council has insurance cover for most events including, for instance, damage caused to vehicles by poor roads or to pedestrians tripping over uneven paving stones.
Dents in wheel rim from pot hole - Hamsafar
I had a court case in which I won in court over £1500 worth of repairs.
Take some very high resolution photos of the hole and damage while you can. Try to take a photo which also shows the material which has been ejected from the hole, as this will give an idea of how long the hole took to form. Place an object in the hole for scale (such as a 6" ruler) on some photographs. Take photos which show the condition of the fabric of the road around the hole, trying to show similar defects, scalloping and crazing/cracking. All of this will form the majority of your evidence, so the quality of it is critical, the rest is hearsay.

You should inform the council of the hole, and take pictures when it has been repaired too.

You should have two new tyres, a new wheel, and have the suspension and spring checked, and any items replaced which the mechanic feels were not designed to safely take such abuse. You should replace both tyres, and any other item which should be replaced in pairs such as springs, but then deduct a fair proportion from your total to account for being in a better position (such as better tread depth) this shows that you are being reasonable.

Many councils have sold such liability to an American law firm, so say the council spends £5m a year on settling claims, a company such as Gallagher Bassett www.gallagherbassett.com/ will be paid £4.9M to take the liability off their hands, saving the council £100,000 and the law firm will then be as obstructive and ruthless as possible, using synergistic combination with their quality positioning in order to make a profit.
Good luck!

Edited by Hamsafar on 17/06/2008 at 18:08

Dents in wheel rim from pot hole - FotheringtonThomas
a) There is any safety issue.


If the tyre doesn't seat properly, or has been "pinched", possibly.

b) Any MOT implications?


Could be.

c) How to claim for repairs from the council


Telephone them for a chat. N.B. if the pothole has not already been been reported, you will almost certainly be out of luck. It is possible, however, that you might just, perhaps, well, know someone who sort of might have maybe reported the pothole to the council already, that is, erm, prior to you driving into it, which I assume was in the last half hour, you know. Hm.
and if it can be done at the next service for convenience?


Get an opinion from the RAC, or a garage, someone...
or I guess I need to report the pot hole which is huge and in a country road.


See above.
Dents in wheel rim from pot hole - Leif
Thanks for all of the suggestions and info.
Dents in wheel rim from pot hole - L'escargot
Round our way the council employs someone known affectionately (or otherwise!) as Pot-hole Pete. He just deposits a shovelful of tarmac in the pot-hole and then drives off. I think his philosophy is that traffic driving over it will compact it.
Dents in wheel rim from pot hole - Dynamic Dave
Actually L'escargot, that's quite a common practice. Friend of mine works for the highways dept of the local council and when a report comes in of a pot hole on a major road they go out and do just that as it saves having to close at least one lane the road to make the repair.

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