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Posted: 11/3/2009 1:42:38 PM EST
My friend was traveling from VA to CA with a 2004 Dodge Durango pulling a 23ft Outback Travel trailer hooked up via a spring hitch. In AZ the trailer and the Durango rolled totaling both. In the process 2 of her 4 dogs, which were in the trailer, escaped. One was found dead a few days later after it was hit by a car and the other is still at large. The accident has been deemed not her fault and was not issued any tickets, etc. The trailer hitch broke between ball and receiver. Its not known if that was the cause of the accident. She had only purchased the trailer a month before hand. At the time of the accident she was traveling about 60 MPH.

The insurance company, progressive, is only wanting to compensate her for the loss of the vehicle and the 2 lost dogs. However, they are leaving the trailer out of the equation which is a loss of about $17 grand. I have told her she needs to seek the option of legal council in the least and told her not to sign anything from the insurer for the time being.

I'm posting this on her behalf. What other advice can you offer?


-Foxxz
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 2:57:22 PM EST
She needs to read her policy and find out if the trailer was covered or not.

I have a horse trailer and checked with my insurance company (Nationwide) and on my policy that the trailer was covered before I brought it home.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 5:57:53 PM EST
The written terms of the policy are determinative.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 3:53:36 AM EST
Originally Posted By spqrzilla:
The written terms of the policy are determinative.


If there is ANY ambiguity in the written terms it goes in her favor.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 6:09:38 AM EST
Yes, but those are fairly rare in insurance policies these days. And its hard for an ambiguity to include a trailer.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 6:33:31 AM EST
sad to hear about the animals, but should of never been in the trailer, still could of died in the vehicle but alot safer in the vehicle. if I spent that much money on a trailer I would of checked with the insurance co, even for a temp cover while hauling it around
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 7:27:04 AM EST
I had to add my popup camper to my auto policy when I bought it this year. It costs $20/ year and is worth it. I doubt that her insurance company will cover it.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 9:18:23 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/4/2009 9:20:10 AM EST by brickeyee]
Originally Posted By mcnizzle:
I had to add my popup camper to my auto policy when I bought it this year. It costs $20/ year and is worth it. I doubt that her insurance company will cover it.


Many policies have a time limit to add new items.

If you are within the time it should be covered.

Originally Posted By spqrzilla:
Yes, but those are fairly rare in insurance policies these days. And its hard for an ambiguity to include a trailer.


They are still out there, but often the value at dispute is not worth pursuing legal action.

They have salaried attorneys.

You have to pay yours.

Link Posted: 11/4/2009 11:42:56 AM EST
I have my trailer listed on my policy...


Valued at 12k, $58 every 6 months

Link Posted: 11/4/2009 12:52:58 PM EST
That really sucks. Insurance companies want to screw you over, and you always have to go through at least a few rounds of arguing and escalating before they get reasonable.

A few years ago, a man in my state rolled and lost a dog in the middle of nowhere. He went back looking for almost a YEAR before he found the dog. At that point, the dog had pretty much turned feral.
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