Should I be getting charged for my friend’s car accident damage?

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Should I be getting charged for my friend’s car accident damage?

I rented a scooter trike for a friend and signed a deposit of $400 on the trike. My friend crashed into a gas station store window breaking the glass and a light on the scooter trike. The scooter store owner charged my card I signed the deposit with both the scooter damages and the glass of the store. I’m sure I’m liable for the scooter but should I be getting charged for the glass of the store? I was not on the scooter and the driver that was has her own license, shouldn’t she be responsible?

Asked on July 29, 2012 under Accident Law, Massachusetts

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Since you are the registered owner of the scooter/trike, you are liable for the damage to the gas station window caused by the driver, even though you weren't present when the accident occurred.    You can sue your friend (the driver) for negligence.  Your damages (monetary compensation you are seeking to recover in your lawsuit) would be the cost of repairs to the scooter/trike and the amount of the judgment against you for the damaged window at the gas station.


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