NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Due to winter weather, potholes have become a problem across Middle Tennessee.
The roads get wet, moisture seeps into the pavement, freezes and expands before thawing.
This makes the pavement weak and the more traffic that drives over those areas, the weaker it gets and it eventually crumbles and collapses, causing potholes to open up.
Potholes tend to form on interstates because of higher traffic volumes.
Several cars hit a pothole on Interstate 65 South near Trinity Lane Wednesday morning. At least six cars were damaged between 1:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m.
Metro officers even stopped to help the distressed motorists.
Potholes can do a lot more than just flatten your tires and according to State Farm Insurance company, it doesn’t matter if you hit one straight on or barely graze it.
The amount of damage depends on how deep the pothole is and how fast you’re going.
This can also cause misalignment or damaged steering or suspension, which can lead to more problems down the road if the problems aren’t corrected right away.
If you know of a pothole in the Nashville area, you can call TDOT at 615-350-4300 to report it.
If you need to file a claim to have your car repaired after you hit a pothole, that’s done through the Division of Claims Administration.
Claims are handled through the Tennessee Department of Treasury on a case-by-case basis.
To file a claim, click here.