Friday, August 3, 2007

Catch 22 in Smyrna

My brother was in a catch 22 when it comes to the city and damage to his vehicle.

A month or so ago at night he was driving down industrial blvd. near the airport. When suddenly a section of road work came up. Now you and I have seen these slits filled with dirt crossing the road. Normally they are filled in enough that a good bump is all you feel.


This time when he hit this one the dirt had settled over the weekend or something and WHAM!!! Two bent rims on the right side. He had the pleasure of changing one tire right then, and the other one when he awoke the next morning.

Here is where the catch 22 comes into play..

I called the city hall and I was forwarded to a department (cannot remember which one) and asked what we should do to file a claim with the city. The lady I talked to informed me that we would have to file with his insurance company and have them file with the city.

Now here is the catch. If you file with your insurance, the cost of your insurance goes up, and it ends up being cheaper NOT to file within about a year, and no cost to the city.

My brother was able to hammer one rim enough to hold pressure and only had to replace the other. Of course out of his own pocket.

Nice 'catch 22' there.

This 'old' story was brought to my mind due to the city announcing this.
Road work to slow traffic on Smyrna’s Industrial Boulevard

Industrial Boulevard at Sam Ridley Parkway West will be limited to one lane traffic or closed for short periods from 7 p.m. Sunday until 7 a.m. Monday due to culvert work for the SuperTarget/Kohl’s project.

Motorists should use Chaney Road and Team Boulevard as an alternate route when Industrial is closed for short periods.
Enough damaged rims and the traffic will get REAL slow.

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