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Old 01-03-2006, 01:06 AM   #1
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after your tires/ rims are bent or messed up due to the road having an extremely big crack without having any signs on the road to warn you?

Cause I just went over one, with my rim bent.
Is ICBC gonna pay for the damages?

Also, in that short 30 minutes, 4-5 people stopped and looked at their car, 3 stayed behind, including myself, cause it messed up my rim, this other guy got messed up tires, and this other guy just got his rims and tires cracked.

Any advice?
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Old 01-03-2006, 01:14 AM   #2
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I believe you make a complaint with the city. Although, you could argue that it's a road hazard much like debris, animals, snow, etc. ICBC will probably cover it, however they'll most likely make you pay them back with your ass later on.
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Old 01-03-2006, 01:18 AM   #3
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Highly unlikely.
I come from a few years of riding bikes. Going down due to oil spills and sand/gravel in the corners is a fairly common occurance. ICBC calls it a single vehicle accident and deems the rider at fault. I've never seen anyone get paid successfully on that.

What are the circumstances surrounding this? If the road is under construction, or there's a construction nearby perhaps you could go small claims court or something? Just talking out of my 455 here though, I have no idea.
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Old 01-03-2006, 01:26 AM   #4
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But my case wasn't single car accident.

This was on New Westminister. You know the Patullo (sp) bridge? Right under the bridge, on the right lane (going for the Marine Drive direction) there is just a large piece missing. It's deep enough to screw whoever went on it. There was a police just 30 second drive (right at the bridge entrance) just sitting there. We asked what we should do and he said just call ICBC.

Then me and this other guy went back to the car, and we saw a few people pulling over to check out if anythings wrong.
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Old 01-03-2006, 01:34 AM   #5
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Were you going the posted speed limit? If you claim it what is your deductible? What do you think the cost of repair to the rim is? My guess is you are better of paying to fix it. And if you don't want to see the same thing happen to other people make a claim to whomever is in chrage of construction there.
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Old 01-03-2006, 01:39 AM   #6
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Someone I know just had this happen to them over the holidays in Richmond with a huge pothole--bent the rim and put a bulge in the sidewall. When he went back that same evening to take pictures the city had already patched it up. ICBC told him it would be claimed as a collision and it would go on his record. With a $500 deductible it wasn't worth it for him. They told him to contact the city. When he called Richmond, they told him to take pictures and contact their legal department. Who knows what will happen after that....
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Old 01-03-2006, 01:44 AM   #7
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I took pictures of the hole right after. The posted speed was 50, it was just right before the 30 zone. My deductable is 300 bucks.

I'm not sure if my tires are damaged, but I see some metal things stuck into the tire when I looked at the picture. The tires are 200, and fixing my rims, say at Panthers are at least $150.

So you mean even if there are lots of people went over the same hole, everyone has to pay deductable to get it fixed by ICBC?
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Old 01-03-2006, 02:26 AM   #8
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thats driver beware for ya
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Old 01-03-2006, 02:37 AM   #9
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Yup, everyone pays their own deductable. I think if you claim it as an accident your percentage discount also goes down so it costs more over time than just that $300. For this reason I maintain a high deductable because it is really not worth claiming anything with ICBC unless it is well over $1000.
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Old 01-03-2006, 02:48 AM   #10
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I took pictures of the hole right after. The posted speed was 50, it was just right before the 30 zone. My deductable is 300 bucks.

I'm not sure if my tires are damaged, but I see some metal things stuck into the tire when I looked at the picture. The tires are 200, and fixing my rims, say at Panthers are at least $150.

So you mean even if there are lots of people went over the same hole, everyone has to pay deductable to get it fixed by ICBC?
Sorry to hear that. That's why I use underground path or uphill path when I go thru New West to Coquitlam because of the construction zone + speed zone.

Yes, you have to pay deductable for sure, and Yes everyone who claim that will also pay deducatable too. It's just depends on how much is the deductable you have to paying. My moms car got some bent by rock on her hood, ICBC ask her for $200 deductable fee to fix it.

In my opinion, you should go wheel repair shops and see how much they charge you to fix your rims. If they charge you more than $300, then of course pay that deductable.
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Old 01-03-2006, 02:51 AM   #11
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Thanks for the replies. I feel like I'm getting screwed at the starting of this year.

Sigh...
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Old 01-03-2006, 03:23 AM   #12
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Omg Davy that sucks to hear man. I just hate the potholes so much, one time when I first got my car, I fell into one and it broke my left vender inner lining. But luckily Richmond Subaru replaced it for me for free.
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Old 01-03-2006, 03:37 AM   #13
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Stop thinking about ICBC and get in contact with the city. Something similar happened to my dad - he went over a manhole cover that was sitting cockeyed over the hole in the early morning hours and messed up the front bumper on his Stealth. He called up the city because there was no sigh, nothing. They paid for all the repairs. Of course, if you want to pay your deductible AND have your insurance go up, feel free.
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Old 01-03-2006, 03:39 AM   #14
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But my case wasn't single car accident.
It was a single car accident because you didn't hit another car, you hit a piece of pavement. All the cars that were damaged from that pothole were in single car accidents.
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Old 01-03-2006, 03:40 AM   #15
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What number do I contact for the City?

I called ICBC, and they say this would be under Collision and basically what tora said.
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Old 01-03-2006, 03:43 AM   #16
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Have a look in the blue section of the phonebook - look for the New Westminster Municipality.
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Old 01-03-2006, 03:49 AM   #17
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I tried Mybc.com blue pages, but no luck
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Old 01-03-2006, 04:00 AM   #18
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Ok I found the City hall of Fire Services ??
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Old 01-03-2006, 04:31 AM   #19
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There is no Municipal department so I will call whatever tomorrow to find out.

Just so you will feel my pain...



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Old 01-03-2006, 05:00 AM   #20
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Remember that politican raised his attention to ban all car alarms just because he got a bad night sleep ?

I Wish All the ICBC employees going thru the same pothole soon ! Keep Wishing !
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Old 01-03-2006, 08:37 AM   #21
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Remember that politican raised his attention to ban all car alarms just because he got a bad night sleep ?

I Wish All the ICBC employees going thru the same pothole soon ! Keep Wishing !
Thats bad karma. Lets all hope someone doesnt wish you wrap your car around a pole.
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Old 01-03-2006, 11:13 AM   #22
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Contact Mainroad they are the contractor for the highways. I was told by them that they cover damage to vehicles from roadway issues. This was in regards to several large pot holes on the patullo bridge which caused several vehicles to blow out tires. They should be in the phone book. I recommend you get a photograph of the road where you had the damage caused and write a letter to them including the cost of repairs.
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Old 01-03-2006, 04:12 PM   #23
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Fleek forget icbc. I'd go right down to the new west city hall with pictures and a repair estimate.

I drove over a 1 foot long piece of rebar from a construction site, The tire picked up one end of the rebar and the whole piece went through the tire and out the back side of the rim taking a 6 inch chunk of aluminum out of the rim (the inside), Like a dumb ass I was trying to fill the tire with sealant at the side of the road at 3 am untill I rolled the car forward 1/2 a tire rotation and found a hole I could fit my hand in. I drove fom van to surrey on a flat rear the only hard part was the bridge . Panther welded in a new piece of aluminum for $125.00.
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Old 01-03-2006, 05:08 PM   #24
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Alright, I went to the City Hall at New West and got the Statement of Property Damage form.

I have to get it fixed and attach the bill on the back of the paper and get them to "investigate" for a couple of weeks before they say yes or no.
Thanks for the replies guys!

I'm surprised how my rims are holding up though. But I think I'll have to re-do my alignment again
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Old 01-03-2006, 10:43 PM   #25
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There's also one big hole on Oak bridge on the way back to vancouver...the hole is just before the exit to marine drive....just letting you all know. I find that there are many holes on highways and tunnels. There was another big hole one time in the middle of the Oak bridge and I went over it (good thing i'm running on my stock rims rite now) and the next day they filled it.

ICBC is useless and they're cheapasses. I lost $600 to them
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