Ask Joe: Can I get reimbursed for damage in construction zone?

Reported by: Joe Hart
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Updated: 8/11/2014 6:27 pm
SPARKS, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- A viewer has a question about who pays when a construction project causes damage to your vehicle or property.

Karen told News 4 her family's boat windshield was shattered by some loose gravel over the weekend while traveling on the section of Pyramid Highway that is under construction. She wants to know if NDOT or the construction company will pay for the damage since it was gravel from their project that broke the windshield.

Karen sent us a few pictures of the damage and it is significant. Joe Hart checked with NDOT and was told provisions are written into the construction agreement naming the contractor as the one who must pay out verified claims for damage in one of their construction zones.

Sierra Nevada Construction doing what is known as 'chip sealing' on Pyramid Highway, in which they lay down oil and spread gravel over the top before adding another layer of gravel to seal the roadway.

Joe spoke with Alex Faust today over at SNC, who says anyone can file a claim electronically by sending an email to It's not, however, a guarantee you'll get reimbursed. Faust says they get a lot of claims and they reject more than they pay out; but if you can show the damage was construction-related and that you were driving at the appropriate speed, you may be able to get the company to cover your repair costs. If not, your next step is small claims court. 

Faust urges drivers to slow down through construction zones to reduce the risk of gravel damage on the road.

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spike - 8/13/2014 8:17 AM
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Boat windshield damage is caused by your own vehicle

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