I’m renting and had dropped coverage on my vehicle the tree in the front yard big limb fell and hit my vehicle my landlord said his house insurance wo

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Insurance Question from Independence, MO

Asked on 05/20/2013

I’m renting and had dropped coverage on my vehicle the tree in the front yard big limb fell and hit my vehicle my landlord said his house insurance wo NULL

Answer given on June 17, 2013

If a tree limb falls on your car, the comprehensive portion of your car insurance generally covers your car.Tree limbs are generally considered an act of God so a homeowner is not normally responsible for the damage caused. If there was a storm at the time, that would make it less likely the homeowner is responsible.However, if you or someone had told the homeowner that the limb was a danger, or that the tree was sick or dying, then there could be responsibility by the homeowner for the damages. You can try to talk to the homeowner insurance company to see if they will accept liability for the damage to your car. You can also ask the property owner if they will file a claim under “property damage to others”. This generally has a limit of $500, but the homeowner does not have to be proven negligent for this coverage to apply. It will usually not affect the rates of the property owner, but they should find out if it will or not.Without proof of negligence by the property owner, you will most likely not be able to collect for the damage to your car, unless they are willing to make the claim as outlined above.


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