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As wicked weather take hold of Central Indiana, INDOT is reminding drivers they will be billed for damages to State property even in the event of an accident.

Many people don’t know they are financially responsible for damages to guardrails or concrete medians. The agency used to be slow at collecting from insurance companies, sometimes taking 227 days.

Now it has vamped up its efforts and is taking about 45 days to file and collect.

“The trends are going up in terms of the percentage we’re collecting and the amount we’re collecting. And the trend is going down in terms of the number of days it takes for us to actually collect,” said Will Wingfield, spokesman for INDOT.

According to Wingfield, a guardrail can cost $14.51 per linear foot to fix. Smaller “sheet” signs supported by one post can run up to $122 each. And sheet signs supported by two posts cost $247 each.

“This is yet another reason why it’s important to drive safely so that you never have to deal with this type of situation,” said Wingfield.

The price of an accident might be expensive, but some drivers understand why they are responsible.

“Yeah I think it’s fair that if you damage somebody’s property that you should have to take care of it,” said Steve Wendt. “Hopefully your insurance would cover you, but I think it’s your responsibility if you damage somebody else’s property.”

28 comments

      • ClanSmokeJaguar

        >you already bought it unless of course you don't pay taxes

        Then you should have no problem "buying", again, what you damaged through negligence.

  • Lisa

    Ok I really have a issue with this, if it is a accident that is multi cars and you are not the cause of the accident but was involved with the mult car pile up who then is responsible for the guard rails. It should be the person who caused the accident

  • Scott

    Well, what if the road was snow covered and the accident was un avoidable. INDOT didn't fullfill their clearing of the road. On a clear summer day I could see being responsible.

    • ClanSmokeJaguar

      >was snow covered and the accident was un avoidable

      Typical US citizen: Nothing is ever your fault!

      Well buddy boy, let me drop some knowledge on you. You should maintain complete control of your vehicle at all times. So if the roads are not clear then keep your azz at home. If you must venture out to get your bread and milk on uncleared roads then maintain proper distance between vehicles and use appropriate speed.

      Jeese!

      It's just that simple.

  • cvillecolt

    If I pay for it as a taxpayer the first time, why would I want to pay for it again ? (CSJ) You broke it, you fix it. (Duane) You should maintain complete control of your vehicle at all times. So if the roads are not clear then keep your azz at home. If you must venture out to get your bread and milk on uncleared roads then maintain proper distance between vehicles and use appropriate speed. (CSJ) Don't see any valid reasons to NOT pay for what you broke.

  • Tammy

    So when we are driving and our car gets out of line due to all the holes in the road that you can not help but hit some of these, and sometimes get a flat, then we send the bill to the state right?

    • ClanSmokeJaguar

      Actually love, yes, you can send the bill to the county and/or state. Whether they pay for it all depends on a lot of circumstances but people have been reimbursed for pot holes that are left unattended for too long.

      • not

        By a lot of circumstances you mean they will try to find a loophole to get out of it. That's somehow ok with you but something that should be covered by the road maintenance budget isn't? Again, get fucked.

      • ClanSmokeJaguar

        >By a lot of circumstances you mean they will try to find a loophole to get out of it.

        No.

        By circumstances I mean if the pot hole forms on day 1 and day 2 someone hits it, losing a tire, the city is not liable as that is not nearly enough time for the pothole to be logged, scheduled, and repaired.

        >hat's somehow ok with you

        No dumbazz. lol…not sure how you read that (assuming you comprehend what was written)

        >Again, get fucked.

        Again…go back to school and get a proper education. 🙂

      • James

        Why do you have to be so vulgar? You have a right to your opinion and may have a point, but telling people that is just a sign of ignorance.

  • SPARKIE

    is the state goinging to pay for the mail boxes and garbage cans their trucks knocked down,ours got knocked down two days in a row.

    • James

      Exactly. In our county though, they are blaming the destroyed mailboxes on the excessive snow weight. But then again, I hand it to the plow drivers. That is a thankless job.

      • Jessie

        James, I agree. Plow drivers make a lot of money, they should replace the mailboxes, which don't cost much unless you paid for a fancy brick surrounded one. But even so, if a drunk driver hit your mailbox you would expect them to replace it wouldn't you?

  • Jessie

    I think that whoever causes the damage should pay. Yes, we pay taxes to have those things put there, BUT, if the person who damages it after it is put there, and they pay for it, taxes for the rest of us will not go up. HOWEVER, if that person shouldn't pay or doesn't, then taxes go up for all of us, not just that one person. If I damaged something, I would rather foot the bill so my fellow citizens wouldn't have to pay higher taxes. Part of the problem today is that too many people are going for everyone putting in and then splitting it up equally between all citizens. It doesn't work that way. I work my butt off so that me and my family can live well, not so others can destroy things and have me pay for it.

    • Jessie

      They probably would, I've often wondered about that. Look up who you contact for tire replacement when a pot hole causes a flat and I bet they would be the same people to report a destroyed mailbox to.

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