There’s nothing more frustrating than hitting a pothole and causing costly damage that wasn’t your fault.
The general assumption is that municipalities never pay for damage on the roads they take care of, but new data shows that is not the case.
Insurance Revolution looked at the number of successful and unsuccessful claims made in the UK from April 2021 to April 2022 and the total amount paid out to drivers.
To do this, they sent freedom of information requests to the councils of the 50 most populous cities in the UK.
The reported damage was due to things like overgrown vegetation, missing or damaged road signs, potholes, excessive oil or gravel, and faded paint markings.
Of the 50 councilors polled, 38 responded, with Manchester receiving the highest compensation for drivers.
Manchester saw 181 successful applications, with the council handing out just over £1million to drivers.
Second is Birmingham with 91 successful applications and almost £54,000 paid out, and third is Brent Council with 50 successful applications and almost £53,000 in compensation.
The top five were seen by Stoke-on-Trent and Swindon with 43 and 34 successful applications respectively.
At the other end of the scale, Glasgow rejected the most applications with a whopping 1240 unsuccessful offers.
Next came Manchester with 269 unsuccessful applications, followed by Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Nottingham.
Insurance Revolution pointed out that drivers must contact their council to report the damage caused, how it was caused and why they believe the council was responsible, along with information such as the date, time and location of the incident.
However, you should keep in mind that damage caused by the wreckage of another car cannot be compensated by the municipality.
Information on how to get in touch with your community and more details can be found on the government website.