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No pothole damage lawsuits during cold weather months

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - The wicked winter of 2013-2014 did a number on roadways across New York State. Nasty potholes contributed to damaged tires and rims in many vehicles.

Between May 1 and Nov. 15, if you hit a pothole and your tire is damaged in New York State, you  have the right to seek reimbursement from the state for repairs.  

But if you want to file a claim during the time of year you're most likely to experience pothole damage, you're out of  luck.

The state has legal immunity for pothole claims during the winter pothole season.

Also, the claims can only apply to damage caused on state roadways or approximately 15 percent of the roads in New York.

In 2013, New York City paid out $5.5M to drivers for pothole repairs while New York State paid only $13K, according to a  NY Times report.
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