Likely not unless your son did something negligent to cause the clutch to fail. I would wait for them to pursue it and consult an attorney to explore defending what ever action they bring. However you might consider working something out to salvage relationships. Best of luck.
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It appears from your description that the clutch was already failing. However, to preserve the harmony between friends, he should negotiate with his friend and offer to pay half. Best of luck.
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The other answers you have received from other attorneys here are all correct in their conciliatory approach towards a practical resolution. My answer is in no way in disparagement of their answers. But, here's my hard-ball legal approach: if the friend wanted to take your son to court the friend would then be required to offer evidence that your son's trying to engage the clutch with the emergency brake on was, by a preponderance of the evidence, the cause of the clutch failure, and not the age of the truck or other factors. Your son's defense is the age of the truck and whether or not there had been correct maintenance. You might have your own mechanic examine the vehicle and provide their opinion.
You decide which approach to take.
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