Imagine that you are sitting in your living room watching television after a long day at work. You hear tires screeching outside but don’t think much of it. Suddenly, however, a car comes crashing through the wall of your living room.
While this sounds like an unlikely scenario – and it is – it is exactly what happened to one Panama City woman last week. The woman was talking to her daughter on the phone when an SUV plowed through the wall of her apartment, destroying multiple pieces of furniture and her television. Fortunately, the woman was not seriously injured in the incident, though she did suffer minor scrapes and bruises.
According to police, a hydroplaning car caused the SUV to swerve out of the way, sending it into the woman’s apartment. So far, police have not filed charges, but they are continuing to investigate the car accident.
Finding yourself in this woman’s situation would be extremely overwhelming – especially if you were seriously injured. Suddenly, through no fault of your own, you cannot live in your home for some time. Your property was ruined, and you may be facing expensive medical bills. What can you do?
In fact, personal injury laws can apply to this situation in the same way they would to a car accident. By following up on the crash with police to determine who was at fault – maybe the hydroplaning driver was going too fast for conditions – and talking to an attorney, you find the best approach to your specific situation. No one deserves to be displaced from their home and suffer financial challenges because someone else made a mistake.
Source: The News Herald, “SUV crashes into woman’s apartment,” Scott Carroll, Aug. 23, 2013