Is it acceptable to pay for the half of the already paid installment of the motorcycle that you damaged?

UPDATED: Oct 1, 2022

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Is it acceptable to pay for the half of the already paid installment of the motorcycle that you damaged?

The motorcycle is paid by installment by my boss. This motorcycle is for work purposes and that is why I used it. However, then I got into an accident and they are asking me to pay the half of what they already paid which we are now having issues. We accepted that it is our obligation to pay for the damages and repairs but isn’t it unfair to also pay for the paid installment they made the previous month which is literally, I used it only for equal a month.

Asked on April 24, 2019 under Accident Law, Alaska


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

It is unfair. And it is illegal: you would only owe for that portion of the month which the motorcycle could not be used due to the accident, since that is the value they lost due to your accident. For example if the accident was on the 15th, you should pay for half the months if on the 20th, for one third; etc. You only owe for the use you deprived them of.

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