W.Va. DOH vehicle damage claims top $22,000

MORGANTOWN (AP) — Claims for vehicle damage caused by road conditions cost the West Virginia Division of Highways more than $22,000 in 2012.

The state Court of Claims awarded a total $22,416 to motorists who filed claims against the DOH. The court also ordered the DOH to pay $12,601 to two people for claims related to maintenance failure.

The Dominion Post reports that the road-related claims included tires and wheels damaged by potholes.

Rachel Rinehart of Preston County filed a claim for damage after her car slid on a patch of ice and into an embankment in January 2011. She was awarded $375.

Rinehart says the accident wouldn’t have occurred if the DOH had treated the road with cinders.

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