Beware of Nationwide Insurance
Claim #00235326 - filed in 2006
Quartzsite Police Case # - 06-00540
Quartzsite Arizona is a small town on Interstate 10 about 120 miles west of Phoenix
The following story is true, not embellished, and is backed up by police and witness reports. It's about a very large insurance company vs a small, struggling, gasoline operation in Western Arizona.
After years of trying to collect on a claim Nationwide finally succeeded in not paying the legitimate claim. It's a story showing how large insurance companies sell insurance then lie and lie to get out of paying legitimate clams filed by innocent victims who suffer because of Actions of their insured. It's the story of Park Place Travel Center, LLC in Quartzsite Arizona Vs Nationwide Insurance Company.
On January 1, 2006 a simi truck Owned and operated by Woody's (a gas station chain in arizona) and driven by Woody's employee, George Massie rolled over his simi in the town of Quartzsite Arizona. The accident caused residents and business to be evacuated around the accident location. Woody's insurance company was Nationwide
The simi was hauling approximately 8,600 gallons of unleaded gasoline. The police estimated that about 5,000 gallons spilled onto the ground.
In our case (Park Place Travel Center, LLC) officers from the local Police Department arrived at our Exxon C-store/Deli resautrant/gas station and demanded that we leave immediately leaving prepared food standing (we were getting ready for the lunch hour rush.) Uncompleted work was left undone. Just leave, now! officers told George Wright, our store manager. The six on duty employees left quickly.
On our property an employee, Billy Davis, was preparing New years dinner for a group of friends that were coming later. Officers knocked on his door and yelled that the area was being evacuated and he had to leave now. Billy told the officer he would only be a few minutes. The officer told him again now, or you'll be arrested. The officer was firm but obviously concerned about billy's well being.
It was very cold and Billy wore only shorts and a T-shirt. He was not able to return until late at night when the temperature dipped to a very cold level. Billy became extremely ill from the incident and was off work for some time.
Later when Billy reported the incident to Nationwide we was told to, Forget it, it's ridiculous.
Our losses at the time was estimated at about $11,000. Nationwide spent the next two years asking for one report after another - stalling, stalling, stalling.
Then one day a letter came saying that the State of Arizona has a statute of limitations fro filing a claim. They informed us it was too late
The claim had been filed for almost two years. We had had at least 20 or more correspondences.
Nationwide lied and beat the system. Woody's went about their own way, and to our knowledge the driver is still hauling fuel.
The damage done to Park Place Travel Center, was never paid for. Employees were paid by us. And Billy Davis has recovered but never compensated for his long illness.
The whole incident cost our company a lot of money. But more importantly Nationwide got away clean.
Nationwidw Insurance would you feel safe if you were insured by this compamy?
That's the way it goes in the big city.