From 2009 to 2014, about half the car owners in the U.S. experienced damage to their vehicles as a result of potholes, according to a new survey commissioned by organizations representing independent insurance agents.
The organizations—Trusted Choice and the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America—said poor roads cost consumers and the insurance industry at least $27 billion during the five-year period. The survey was based on interviews with 2,565 car owners.
The pothole survey found that 31 percent of car owners filed pothole damage claims with their insurance company, while 65 percent said they or a third party paid for the repairs. Only 3 percent had their repairs paid for by local authorities. For 40 percent of those surveyed, the repair bill was more than $500.