My friend crashed my car, who is legally responsible for the damages.

Asked almost 2 years ago - New York, NY

I was in a pinch and asked my friend to park my car. As she was backing out another car sped by and hit the back of my car. They didn't stop, just kept going so no one got any contact info. My insurance company wont cover it. This happened earlier today. I went to a mechanic and the damages total almost 2000 dollars. Who is liable to pay for the damages to my car, me or my friend who was driving? This happened in New York, NY. Also my friend does not have a licence, only a learner permit.

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  1. Anthony A. Ferrante

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    Answered . Technically your friend is responsible. But If you want to keep him a friend, maybe offer to split the cost. Also try to talk down the repair shop to $1500.

    The aforementioned opinion does not constitute legal advice and is for general educational purposes only. See an... more
  2. Eric Edward Rothstein

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    Answered . Under NY law the owner is as respsosible for the negligence of someone driving the car with permission. Why won't your carrier cover the loss?

    I am a former federal and State prosecutor and now handle criminal defense and personal injury/civil rights cases.... more
  3. Christian K. Lassen II

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    Answered . The owner. Retain a local insurance lawyer to deal with your insurance company and hold their feet to the fire.

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  4. Lisa Douglas

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    Answered . Your friend was the driver when the accident occurred, so theoretically your friend would be. But since he only had a learners permit you assumed the risk when you let an inexperienced driver drive your car.

    I am only licensed in Arkansas. No part of this answer should be construed as creating an attorney client... more

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