As anyone driving around Milwaukee can attest, there is a significant pothole problem on the roads. Due to the unusually brutal winter, potholes are plentiful and are causing damage to many vehicles. According to Mayor Tom Barrett, the City of Milwaukee does not have the financial resources to fix all the potholes. As a result, the Mayor is asking the State of Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee for millions of dollars to address the pothole problem. The Mayor claims that the City has already spent more than $5 million on road maintenance this winter.
As previously reported here, a city such as Milwaukee is not liable to motorists for damage to vehicles caused by potholes. Instead, a city is only liable if a pothole causes personal injuries. According to some Milwaukee residents, such injuries are a possibility. Donna Tipton reported problems with a stretch of roadway near South 56th Street and Stack Drive, stating that “if the city doesn’t do something to barricade it or fix it pretty quickly, I see somebody is going to actually end up getting hurt.”
The Milwaukee automobile accident attorneys of Samster, Konkel & Safran, S.C. have helped many people involved in vehicle accidents recover for their personal injuries, pain and suffering, property damage and lost wages. If you or someone you know has been injured in an automobile accident, contact us for a free online case evaluation.