After only six months, a Georgia Department of Transportation initiative to better manage and recover claims for damages to State property from vehicle crashes is far exceeding expectations.
The result almost certainly will be the successful collection each year of millions more dollars owed to the State.
Every year, some 12,000 vehicle crashes on Georgia highways result in damage or destruction of State property – signs, guardrail, bridge support columns and the like.
Annual damages have been estimated to total as much as $10 million.
Georgia DOT is responsible not only for repair and replacement, but also for recovering the cost of those damages from the party responsible for the crash.
Claims collection is not a Department core business function, however, and internal collections historically resulted in recovery of only about a million dollars a year.
At no cost to Georgia taxpayers, CMR is acting as the Department’s agent in damages recovery negotiations with responsible parties and their insurance carriers.
A new report shows the company already has recovered more than $1 million for Georgia DOT.
Georgia DOT’s contract with Oklahoma-based CMR is for three years.