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Road sign damages car, state won’t pay

Published September 24, 2012
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Road signs are necessary, but it’s also necessary to maintain them.

An Austin, Texas woman paid the price for a neglected road sign when a Texas Department of Transportation sign fell onto her Lexus SUV while she was stopped at a red light, Jalopnik.com reports.

Local NBC affiliate KXAN said the state refused to pay the woman back for the nearly $2,800 in damage done to the SUV. According to state law, “government agencies are not liable for damage caused while performing certain government safety functions, like maintaining signs,” according to the news station.

TxDOT officials also say they investigated the incident but found no negligence on their part, though they did replace the sign.

Watch the video on the KXAN website.

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