winter wear and tear on the streets

Richard B. Levine


It’s that time of the year when your car may experience extensive damage driving over pothole-ridden roads.

You have a few options if you want to file a pothole claim against the City of Cleveland. There are several steps you need in order to be successful, and even then, you might not get what you want.

In all of 2014, 1138 pothole damage claims were filed, but the city paid 190 of them with a total of $49,433.72.

Here’s some of what you need to try to prove your case in Cleveland:

A copy of your title and registration.

Insurance information

Two estimates

Age of your tire and the tread of your tire.

Police report or incident report, if applicable

Pictures of the damage, and what caused the damage

Witness statements (optional)

There is a pothole incident claim form on the City of Cleveland’s website. You can call 216-664-2803 for additional information or concerns on pothole claims.


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