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Construction Zones - keep your eyes open


Michael D.
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Usually they tell you to keep your eyes open because of all of the workers and how dangerous it is for them, etc... Well a local construction zone was a 35 MPH speed limit (reduced from normal by 10) and it was night (nobody working) so I was rolling through doing 35 (had cruise set) and hit a transition between where the old pavement was, and where they tore up old pavement to lay new asphalt...

 

This is what happened:

http://www.screen-shot.net/wheel.png

 

So even if you're doing the speed limit, and nobody is working, keep your eyes open and be careful.

 

I'm fighting with the Construction Contractor + their insurance company to get this replaced, and until then, the car is not drivable as there are actually two damaged wheels and only one spare.

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This should be covered by your own insurance company, who would then go after the third party insurance if your company believes the third party is liable. Also, if your own insurance company/agent isn't willing to "fight" on your behalf, find a company who will.
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This should be covered by your own insurance company, who would then go after the third party insurance if your company believes the third party is liable. Also, if your own insurance company/agent isn't willing to "fight" on your behalf, find a company who will.

It's not that - we've had enough claims lately (hail damage on two vehicles, and some other misc stuff) that it's really not worth it. The construction company is required to carry insurance for a reason, and I am going to make sure that their insurance repairs the damages caused by their incompetence.
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Ouch! Several hundred dollars in damages there. I don't know if Indiana has small claims court, but asking for replacement cost, plus the cost of whatever alternative transportation you have had to activate (rental car, etc.) can get the insurance company to respond. They are experts at "divert and delay".

 

I had a similar issue, well actually, my mother did with a radiator shop that didn't re-fill her Ford Taurus cooling system correctly. Near the end of the process, the shop's insurance tried to claim we waited too long, so the documentation of our efforts to get them to respond brought an eyebrows raised, scolding look from the judge to the insurance company's attorney.

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