Visitor Question

Car damaged by manhole cover at gas station?

Submitted By: Lorelei (Lansing, Illinois)

I was at a Speedway gas station and drove over a manhole cover that covered where they put the gas in. The top blew off causing serious damage to my car and it had to be towed. I am finding out if my car is totaled this week – in which case I’ll have to get another car which is going to make me have a car payment again.

It was totally negligence on the part of the gas station. If it was a human instead of my car it could’ve killed someone. Is there a case here? What can be done about this?

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Dear Lorelei,

If it was a manhole cover, it’s likely it was installed and maintained by the City of Lansing. As a result, your property damage claim should likely be filed with the City of Lansing.

To file a property damage claim will require you to complete and submit a Claim Form – Property Damage Or Personal Injury. The form must be completed and received at the following address within sixty (60) days after the date your car was damaged:

City of Lansing’s City Attorney’s Office
124 W. Michigan, 5th Floor
Lansing, MI 48933

You may contact the City of Lansing and request the Claim Form.

Learn more here: Can You Sue the Government for Injury?

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney.

Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here, or call 888-972-0892.

We wish you the best with your claim,


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