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A falling tree crushed someone's car and Toronto says it's not responsible

According to a recent Reddit post, one Cabbagetown resident may have to start looking into a new ride after a massive tree crushed their car during this week's stormy weather.

The image shows a ridiculously large tree joining the fight on residential parking enforcement by flattening some unlucky soul's SUV.

As if trying to find a place to park in the city wasn't already an absolute chore, it appears that vehicle owners in Toronto now need to take into account free-falling hazards.

Additionally, it's vital to note that while the tree is city property, Toronto's municipal laws dictate that it's not the city's responsibility to cover any damages in the event that something like this occurs. 

"Typically, should a tree branch failure occur as a result of a storm, residents should contact their insurance company for compensation," said a City of Toronto representative in an email to blogTO. 

"The City is not responsible for this type of property damage. In some cases, a resident may seek compensation from the City for negligence in tree maintenance."

That means the victim of this cruel act of God will either have to review their insurance, pay out of pocket, or personally investigate if the tree in question was properly maintained by the city. 

Trees in the city are notorious for taking damage or having unknown infestations, making them easy targets for a well-focused gust of wind.  

So take warning, motorists: if you're looking for a place to park, look up before you do. 

Lead photo by

u/DeadrobotTO


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