Ok so I was driving this guys vehicle which he gave me permission to drive and we were messing around and he was chasing me and I hit a ditch and bottomed out and apparently I damaged his vehicle, I don't know this for sure. And he said if I don't pay he's gonna take me to court. Am I still liable to pay even though he gave me permission to drive it. Neither of us have insurance.
Personal Injury Lawyer
You should not be driving a vehicle without insurance. The fact that someone gives you permission to drive their vehicle does not mean you have carte blanche to cause damages. If you are responsible for the accident and you caused damages to the vehicle, you are liable for the cost of the repairs. You may also be liable for rental car expenses and/or loss of use damages for a reasonable period of time.
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Insurance Law Lawyer
Yes. A car is a 4000 or so pound deadly weapon. You shouldn't be "messing around" and chasing each other! Especially since you don't have insurance! What if you hit another vehicle and caused injury to someone else? The owner can take you to court - he may have some liability because he was involved, but you were driving. Period.
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Did he give you permission to damage it??? This is not a hard question. Whether you had permission to drive the vehicle or not, the person who caused the damage is responsible for it. That person is you.
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