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Losing Your Home and Your Car in a Car Accident

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 20th, 2009

Date: October 5, 2009
Location: Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Type: Car Accident

In Fort Walton Beach, Florida, a motorist was left carless and homeless after a car accident. Eddie Campbell had been living in his Chevy S-10 for a while, citing expensive home prices as the cause of his homelessness. To Campbell, his blue Chevy truck was his home.

According to Florida Freedom Newspapers Campbell was hit in a car wreck by a Nissan Altima. Campbell was not at fault, as the other motorist ran a red light. The auto accident left both drivers stranded and one completely homeless. All that was left of his possessions after the tow were two space heaters, a hammer, one radio speaker, two small TVs and a pile of personal belongings from the truck.

This incident recalls a 2006 story in The New York Times detailing a situation which has since only grown more critical since the U.S.’s recession has hit full swing. The story quoted Kim Hopper of the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, when she said “It's most often the working poor who find themselves in this situation, teetering on the border between the possessed and the dispossessed.” Peter Van Giesen, a code enforcement officer for Lynnwood, Washington added that “most of these people were trying to find work.”

One can only imagine the emotional and financial turmoil a homeless person is going through. In most cases, whether or not living in one’s vehicle is illegal, the mobile resident has no choice but to seek protection inside the only property attached to his name. If that car is damaged in a car wreck, then the motorist loses everything of possession.

If such a person were to lose that vehicle, they would literally become homeless, with no money or no quarters to call their own. You always retain certain rights regardless of your home situation. If you are an insured driver and were injured by a car accident or lost your property because of a car accident that was not your fault, then contact the Rasansky Law Firm. You may be entitled to a personal injury or auto damage lawsuit. Call 1-800-ATTORNEY and discuss the details of your car wreck with an experienced attorney ready to fight for you.