Tree Falls On Car: What To Do?
If you’ve been following the news lately, you will see that hurricane season is ramping up fast. This week we might see severe storms move through Tampa. During storms like these, trees that have weak integrity are prone to falling, or at least branches. These trees might be located on someone’s property and premises liability could come into play, if negligence can be proved in the case.
So here is the first question? What exactly is premises liability?
Premises Liability is a concept that might be a part of personal injury cases. It is when the owners or possessors of property can be held liable for injuries on their property if they created a safety hazard or failed to address dangerous conditions of which they had, or should have had, knowledge.
How does Premises Liability come into play if a tree falls on your car?
Tree accidents might be covered by the insurance policy of the property owner that the tree sit
s on. But for that to be a possibility, fault has to be determined. In this kind of case, premises liability is involved. For the property owner to be held liable, one must prove that they didn’t keep their property safe and they also have to prove negligence.
For example, a tree branch falls on your car causing major damage. The branch that fell came from a tree that was overgrown with branches hanging over a fence to the street. You as the car owner could possibly sue the property owner with a personal injury lawsuit.
There are a couple different “loopholes” in these kinds of cases, so it is best to contact an attorney to determine if you have a case.