This is more a hypothetical than anything.
The small (<50K people) city in which I live has a terrible pothole problem this spring.
No, let me rephrase. It has an un-freakin believable pothole problem this year. I have done my share of travelling and living in other cities and it is easily the worst I have ever seen. It is impossible to drive down any semi-main road in this city without hitting several during a 3 block drive. I am not exaggerating when I say this in the slightest.
Lets say a person is driving at a “safe” speed during rush hour and you are suddenly confronted with a large group of potholes of lets say, 3-4 inches deep (we have many that large, if not larger). They are unavoidable. If you swerve, you hit the car next to you or the curb. If you brake, you get rearended. So, you slow as best you can but take the hit. Rim/tire damaged. Maybe suspension and front end is too.
Can you sue the city for damages?