Opening Friend 1's car door, I caused a small dent in Friend 2's car. She can't do paintless dent removal so they have to take apart the car to get it fixed. It's the small. The price is over $500. I live in a no fault insurance state. Do I have to pay for the dent, if I don't want to ?
If your negligence caused damage, you are responsible!
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Yes, it is likely that the person's insurance will cover the damage; however, if you are responsible, the owner of the vehicle can and should sue you in small claims court for the amount of their deductible. If it was your fault and they are out money for a deductible, do the right thing and pay for it, otherwise, you will be responsible for court costs and fees associated with any lawsuit, in addition to the amount you are sued for .
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