It’s not uncommon for Texans to suffer a door ding or even a cracked windshield as a result of a severe hailstorm. But in just the month of April 2015, insurance agents reported at least $65 million in storm damage—and that was just for vehicle claims.
Texas Storms Cause $65 Million in Property Damage to Vehicles Alone
A storm system that began on April 27th caused damage to Texans’ houses, businesses, and cars in just about every region of the state. Claims for vehicles are expected to continue to rise, and according to the Insurance Council of Texas, the damage estimates for homes and structures have yet to be compiled.
Claims include damage due to:
- Baseball-sized hail. On Sunday, residents 70 miles southwest of Fort Worth reported baseball-sized hail falling from the sky, smashing windows of cars, homes, and commercial buildings.
- Wind damage. According to the National Weather Service, the supercell thunderstorm in the Rio Vista area caused wind damage to trees and buildings, and at least eight tornadoes touched down over the course of the weekend. Each of the tornadoes were categorized as an EF-0, meaning North Texas neighborhoods were exposed to wind speeds up to 85 mph.
- Flash flooding. The storms brought heavy sheets of rain across the state, causing flash flooding conditions that enveloped cars, washed out roads, and caused damaged to basements and lower levels of buildings in many areas.
Don’t Be Surprised If Your Storm Damage Claim Is Denied
In addition to the storms over the weekend, insurers are still reeling from claims filed earlier in the month, such as those on April 18 (west of Austin and north of Houston), as well as rain and high winds near Amarillo on April 22. Insurance agents often respond to an overwhelming number of claims by denying as many as possible, hoping to save the company from paying out large sums at one time.
If your home or vehicle was damaged in the recent storms, it is vital that you do not attempt to fight the insurance company on your own. Adjusters know many tricks to avoid paying claims, from arguing over missed filing deadlines to offering less than the full replacement value allowed under your coverage. Call us today at 800-237-3334 to have us examine the details of your case at no cost to you!