My eldest was MIA for a good half-day and arrived from Florida a few hours ago.
In NY, on I-95, there seem to be chuck-holes large enough to swallow a mini-car. Chris hit one of those chuck/pot-holes yesterday, blew out one tire, totally destroying one rim and damaging another. He remained in the breakdown lane for 4 hours before a towtruck arrived. They replaced the rim and tire with the minimum to get him going again and the bill came to $400.00.
$400.00 for a tow, tire, and rim. More like a gouging snowjob than a tow-job. Suppose he licks his wallet wounds and chalks this one up to experience and then I provide a AAA membership a nice after-the-fact X-mas gift as soothing salve toward the annointing into an adult world.
But the reason of this writing, Alan, is not to cry over spilled milk, rather to explore the state's responsibility towards damages caused by roads in a sad shape of disrepair.
Can a state be held liable for costs incurred due to damage caused by roads which seem to be in dire need of fixing?
A few years ago, in the Commonwealth, I came close to flipping my Explorer on 95 just north of Foxboro when I hit a chuck-hole in the high-speed lane that caused the front end to vibrate badly while I wrestled with the steering wheel with white knuckles to bring the vehicle under control again with no damage other than a few thrown wheel weights and a sprung alignment.
So many SUV rollovers I read and hear about on the news reminds me of, and makes me wonder if a decent percentage of those rollovers are not caused by the vehicle being unsafe, rather caused by the state's highways being unbsafe.
Again, Alan, what are the state's and the states' responsibilities toward damage, injuries, and even death caused by neglectful road maintenance???