After a hurricane strikes, there is always plenty of damage to homes, cars and other property.
Here are some tips to help determine who might be responsible when a tree falls on a home or car.
The tree is yours:
- If the tree falls on your home, your homeowners insurance should cover it. Homeowners insurance covers any covered structure on your property or a blocked driveway/wheelchair ramp. The insurance also pays up to $500 to remove the tree from your property.
- If you rent, you should carry renters insurance but the landlord is usually responsible for the damage, so be sure to check your lease.
- If the tree falls on your vehicle, your auto insurance should pick up the tab, but you're still responsible for the deductible.
The tree is not yours:
- All cases are different, but if the other party was negligent then they’re responsible. If the other party wasn't negligent, then you're responsible.
- If you're responsible and the tree falls on your home, then the same conditions apply from above.