Windshield broken by stone in sand put on road

The in basket: Leslie Varner reacted to the recent Road Warrior column about ice on Newberry Hill that formed from water leaking from a Qwest manhole by writing, “maybe the
county and Qwest would like to take care of some of the window damage that has resulted from the excess gravel that was put down on Newberry Hill. Window replacement was not in my budget.”


The in basket: Leslie Varner reacted to the recent Road Warrior column about ice on Newberry Hill that formed from water leaking from a Qwest manhole by writing, “maybe the
county and Qwest would like to take care of some of the window damage that has resulted from the excess gravel that was put down on Newberry Hill. Window replacement was not in my budget.”
The out basket: I suggested she submit a claim, something a lot of people do when they think their car has been damaged because of something the county did.
I asked Mark Abernathy, risk management boss for the county, what usually becomes of such claims. I see them as they are filed, but they’re all for small amounts so I’ve never tracked one.
He said each such claim is investigated by his staff and sometimes by the department alleged to be at fault. looking for evidence the damage resulted from the county being negligent. If they find none, they deny the claim.
How about thrown rocks, I asked. He said if there is evidence a rock came off a county vehicle because it wasn’t secured properly, that might be negligence worthy of a claim payment. The county puts sand, which contains small rocks, on the road for a reason, and wouldn’t regard having a stone in the sand, thrown by a car’s tire, to be county negligence.

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