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When a Collision Damages Public Property

By: Anapol Weiss

Drivers are equally liable for damage to public property as they are for damage to another driver’s car. Depending on the item that sustained the damage, drivers could be looking at a staggering bill.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) seeks reimbursement from those responsible for the repair of roadway items damaged as a result of crashes. The most frequently items hit in crashes are guide rails and road signs. Unfortunately for the at-fault driver, these facilities are expensive to repair in Pennsylvania.

The owner of the vehicle, determined by police to be responsible for the crash, will receive a bill for the costs incurred by PennDOT to make the repairs. The bill comes directly from PennDOT with instructions to forward it to the motorist’s insurance company. The average bill for a repair is $425, according to the Department.

Following a large truck accident or other commercial vehicle crash, damage repairs can cost much more. High-cost items frequently billed include spill cleanups as well as bridge and pavement damage. According to PennDOT, the cost of labor, materials, engineering and construction can drive these bills into the thousands.

When the Crash Wasn’t Your Fault

Several parties are already working against you immediately after an auto accident. The other driver may be trying to place blame on you, even if the crash wasn’t your fault. Insurance adjusters will be calling for a statement – and what you say could be potentially damaging to your case.

If you were injured in a car or truck accident, Anapol Weiss can help. Our Harrisburg and Philadelphia car accident lawyers have a track record of success representing victims in complex cases. We have the experience and skill to make the situation right. Contact us for assistance with your auto accident claim.