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I was being a designated driver for a friend and accidentally knocked the side mirror off...?

Woodbridge, VA |

While acting as a designated driver for a friend, I accidentally knocked off her right side mirror on a small not very visible pole placed by a landlord next to the driveway. Since I was doing her a favor, am I completely at fault? And could I possibly ask for money from the landlord? Also does it matter that she has waited 3 months to finally approach me about the situation?

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You should pay to fix the mirror

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Despite your doing a favor at the time, you are still responsible for the damaged mirror.

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Yes, based on the facts it appears you are liable. You should pay for the mirror.


I concur that you are the person responsible for and liable for the mirror. Blaming or trying to place the blame on anyone else in this matter is a fruitless effort. Perhaps the reason your friend waited so long was that she kept hoping that you would approach her; instead, she had to approach you.

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Fix your friend's mirror.

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