Indiana is One of the Worst States for Potholes Once Again in 2023
New data shows that Indiana is one of the worst states for potholes...but at least it isn't as bad as last year.
We've all been on roads here in the area where we would have to swerve just to make sure we don't hit potholes. I can think of several roads that I dread driving on for that very reason. They really start showing their ugly faces this time of year. Potholes form during winter and early spring due to the temperature changing like crazy. For those who don't know, potholes form when snow and ice melt and seep through the road. Then, when the temperature drops again, the water in the grown begins to freeze. Once that happens, it begins to expand and causes the road to start cracking, thus leading to those dreaded potholes that we all do our best to try to avoid on the road. However, sometimes, you either don't see the pothole or there's just no way to avoid it.
We all know that sound and feeling of hitting a pothole. That cluck and bump when you hit a pothole can be jarring for several reasons. It can catch you off guard especially if you didn't see the pothole coming, then you start to wonder if it caused any damage to your vehicle. As you know, hitting a pothole can cause a lot of damage with a hefty repair cost. Hitting a pothole can pop your tire, damage your wheel and rims, throw off your alignment, ruin the engine or exhaust system, and ruin your vehicle's shocks and struts. None of that is anything you want to have to repair. To give you an idea of how much repairs from potholes will cost you, QuoteWizard.com reports that the average repair bill for pothole accidents is around $306. That's a good chunk of change!
QuoteWizard.com looked at Google search statistics dating all the way back to 2004 to look for searches for pothole-related complaints to collect data. Last year, Indiana was the second worst state in the country for potholes. How has that changed over the past year? Not by much, but it's a small improvement.
Indiana Ranks as One of the Worst States for Potholes...Again
So, last year Indiana was the second worst state for potholes. In 2023, we have improved a little bit, but not enough to get us out of the top five worst states on the list. Indiana comes in as the fourth-worst state for potholes in 2023. Oh, and to break that down even more, Quote Wizard also listed the worst cities for potholes. Evansville, Indiana came in at number 25 in the entire country. Driving in Evansville every day, I am somehow not too shocked by that. Right behind Evansville is Indianapolis at 26. I'd say that it's a safe thing to keep an eye out for potholes in Indiana...especially if you are driving in either of those cities.
How To Report Potholes
We have several potholes here in the Evansville area that needs to be repaired, with more that will pop up in the future. Street Maintenance Departments are continuously patching and repairing potholes, but if you find some in Evansville that need to be repaired, you can easily report them by calling 812-435-6000 or using #evvpotholes. Let's get those repaired so we can rank a little lower on this list for 2024.
If you are outside of Evansville and feel the need to report a pothole, here's what INDOT recommends:
To report a pothole 24/7 on an interstate highway, U.S. highway, or state road, please refer to the INDOT map and visit www.indot4u.com to report the pothole. You can also call 855-INDOT4U (463-6848). For potholes on city streets or county roads, please contact the proper city or county maintenance department.
When reporting a pothole, please provide the following information:
- The name of the county.
- The state road number.
- The mile marker or nearest cross road.
- The direction of travel and which lane the pothole is located.
You can learn more about Quote Wizard's report on potholes in America by clicking here.