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      01-24-2013, 06:59 AM   #1
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Hit a sunken manhole cover

Driving back into Aberdeen on Sunday night in the pitch black I got the fright of my life hitting a sunken manhole cover.

The depth is 2 1/8 of an inch to the lip. I should have measured maximum depth as the lip is another 1/4 of an inch and that is without any weight on it.

The road has always been a mess. You can see countless patch repairs around the manhole cover and for the length of the road.

The damage to the car isn't as bad as I thought.

The front wheel is amazingly fine but the tyre has lost its shape. A Bridgestone runflat too.

The rear is slightly out but repairable.

I've asked the council for a claims form to cover replacement, repair and tracking to be checked.

I wonder if they will pay up?

Here is the manhole in question.



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Driving back into Aberdeen on Sunday night in the pitch black I got the fright of my life hitting a sunken manhole cover.

The depth is 2 1/8 of an inch to the lip. I should have measured maximum depth as the lip is another 1/4 of an inch and that is without any weight on it.

The road has always been a mess. You can see countless patch repairs around the manhole cover and for the length of the road.

The damage to the car isn't as bad as I thought.

The front wheel is amazingly fine but the tyre has lost its shape. A Bridgestone runflat too.

The rear is slightly out but repairable.

I've asked the council for a claims form to cover replacement, repair and tracking to be checked.

I wonder if they will pay up?

Here is the manhole in question.



Rule of thumb when driving.

OPEN YOUR FUCKING EYES
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      01-24-2013, 08:03 AM   #4
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Rule of thumb when driving.

OPEN YOUR FUCKING EYES
Oh dear.

Absolutely no need to be behaving the way you are.

If you aren't happy being here simply hit the log out button and not waste any more of your time here.

Embarrassing.
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I think his wife left him today...
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I think Its the same Guy who left once before.

Stupid remark on a serious incident
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I think Its the same Guy who left once before.

Stupid remark on a serious incident
318d, do you get overtaken by schoolchildren walking to school.

Note to MEGA " this fool is taking the piss, big time ".

You will be reported.
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Moving on from laughing boy, a few years ago I dropped into a pothole and buckled a wheel and there was some suspension damage. After getting a repair quote from the dealer Sheffield City Council paid out with the minimum of fuss. Good luck with the claim. You've certainly done the right thing with the pictures.

Mwp4me, I also had my eyes shut.
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And I'm guessing it's not him posting.
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318d, do you get overtaken by schoolchildren walking to school.



Not when they were walking, had a couple cut me up on skateboards
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Moving on from laughing boy, a few years ago I dropped into a pothole and buckled a wheel and there was some suspension damage. After getting a repair quote from the dealer Sheffield City Council paid out with the minimum of fuss. Good luck with the claim. You've certainly done the right thing with the pictures.

Mwp4me, I also had my eyes shut.
Well if you had your eyes shut the you are a dickhead.

What if that hole was a person instead fool.

You'd be on Jeramy Kyle still suing the council and we'd all have to pay for a dick on the road.

Let me know when you are on the road and I will pull over.
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I hate the state of the roads in the UK! I have counted 6 pot holes I have to dodge on my daily commute to work, and it's only 25 miles! Depending on the council they should pay up but claims have gone through the roof in the past few years and they don't like to pay out! good luck with your claim!
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I hate the state of the roads in the UK! I have counted 6 pot holes I have to dodge on my daily commute to work, and it's only 25 miles! Depending on the council they should pay up but claims have gone through the roof in the past few years and they don't like to pay out! good luck with your claim!
Don't dodge them Russ, shut your eyes and hit them like Kerr does, a lot more fun apparently.
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I hit something very similar last night, then had a dream that I had to replace my alloy with a steel rim

Have you reported it to your local council or http://www.fixmystreet.com/ ?

Edit* just read you've reported it
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Driving back into Aberdeen on Sunday night in the pitch black I got the fright of my life hitting a sunken manhole cover.

The depth is 2 1/8 of an inch to the lip. I should have measured maximum depth as the lip is another 1/4 of an inch and that is without any weight on it.

The road has always been a mess. You can see countless patch repairs around the manhole cover and for the length of the road.

The damage to the car isn't as bad as I thought.

The front wheel is amazingly fine but the tyre has lost its shape. A Bridgestone runflat too.

The rear is slightly out but repairable.

I've asked the council for a claims form to cover replacement, repair and tracking to be checked.

I wonder if they will pay up?

Here is the manhole in question.
I read stories how council will refuse and if that pothole/manhole thing was reported within a specific time frame then you won't get anything back. in the end it depends if you're willing to take them to court, provide more evidence and have your evidence examine by professional people bla bla bla.

just don't expect the council to say'' oh yes, it's totally our fault, here is the money for you sir ''
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Don't dodge them Russ, shut your eyes and hit them like Kerr does, a lot more fun apparently.



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I hit one in London some years ago, phoned the council and the hoops they were going to make me jump through to make a claim meant I just sucked it up.

Not so sure I would be willing to do that with how much a new tyre/wheel would cost now!
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These holes are everywhere manholes in the road and assholes on the forum (thats you MWP4me).

Seriously though don't give up on the council claim if you have the time and patience. The wheels of the council turn very slowly but if you keep on it and jump through all the hoops you will have a case.
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And I'm guessing it's not him posting.
That actually happened though.
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Driving back into Aberdeen on Sunday night in the pitch black I got the fright of my life hitting a sunken manhole cover.

The depth is 2 1/8 of an inch to the lip. I should have measured maximum depth as the lip is another 1/4 of an inch and that is without any weight on it.

The road has always been a mess. You can see countless patch repairs around the manhole cover and for the length of the road.

The damage to the car isn't as bad as I thought.

The front wheel is amazingly fine but the tyre has lost its shape. A Bridgestone runflat too.

The rear is slightly out but repairable.

I've asked the council for a claims form to cover replacement, repair and tracking to be checked.

I wonder if they will pay up?

Here is the manhole in question.



That is harsh. Feel for you mate, same thing happened to me last year. Burst a recently fitted tyre. Council shot me down because They were not aware of the pot hole before me. As I was the first my claim does not count, but all others after me would.

Hopefully someone has flagged it up and claimed before you. Go for it, As someone posted a link to a news article a while ago about the size of the funds council has put aside for pot hole claims. Its substantial.

Best of luck.
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Here is the manhole in question.

I'd go back,put the tape measure up against a straight edge layed across the road and above the m/hole.
This will clearly show the depth that the m/hole is from the surface of the road.

Down here they won't consider anything unless it's deeper than 75mm,and without clear photographic evidence.

Good luck Kerr,persistence pays
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75mm is deeper than what the wall section is on our tyres!

I would hope someone would have complained before me.

It is a busy road so lots of people would have hit it.

Also behind that wall is flats. The drain makes a loud bang when running over it so I would imagine the flat owners would have complained about noise.

I did request a damage claim form and reported the damage on Sunday using the council's online reporting system.

I've yet to get any acknowledgment.

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