If I was at work and a storm knocked down light poles and trees and damaged my car in the parking lot,.who is responsible for the cost of repairs?

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If I was at work and a storm knocked down light poles and trees and damaged my car in the parking lot,.who is responsible for the cost of repairs?

Asked on July 25, 2013 under Accident Law, Oklahoma

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M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry!  Generally speaking, if the damage caused by the try was due to what is called an "Act of God"  - the storm caused the tree to fall - then unfortunately no one is responsible for the damage.  If, however, the owner of the tree knew that the tree was rotted or dying and unsafe and then it fell, you would have a basis to sue them based upon their negligence to take care of the tree before it damaged your car.  Good luck.


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