Ah, the pothole. Small, yet mighty in its ability to rattle your suspension, increase your blood pressure and suck money from your bank account. To make matters worse, most drivers have very little recourse for compensation when they bruise your prized ride.
For example, in Michigan, only one man in 2009 was able to get money from the state for damage his vehicle sustained because of a pothole. His victory is even more significant considering the Michigan Department of Transportation(MDOT) can claim "governmental immunity" in the matter.
Huh? How does that work? Personally, I am picturing some MDOT dude standing alongside the road and mimicking the line from Lethal Weapon 2 (where the South African villian, confronted by Murtaugh, yells "diplomatic immunity") by yelling "sorry bud, we have limited, governmental, pothole immunity".
Well, read about the "Pothole Murtaugh", aka Julio Zacks, who managed to chuck his damaged rim at MDOT and respond with a hearty "has just been revoked."
To do so, please check out this good piece of reporting on the issue by Matt Helms, staff reporter for the Detroit Free Press, by clicking here.