If a co-worker borrowed and crashed my car, can I make him pay for the costs of repairs?

Who should I contact?

Asked on September 21, 2012 under Accident Law, Wisconsin


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If  your co-worker was negligent (unreasonably careless) in how he drove and that caused the crash, or worse, he deliberately or intentionally crashed it, you could hold him liable. You would contact him and ask for payment; if he doesn't pay, you would file a lawsuit against him. If he was not at fault--for example, he was driving safely when someone else hit him--he would not be liable, but any other person at fault in causing the damage might be.

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