If I acidentally broke my friend’s car door, am I responsible for paying?

I just tried to open the door and it broke.

Asked on June 16, 2014 under Accident Law, Texas


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

If you did something wrong--such as pulling too hard when it seemed stuck; pulling it an awkward angle; etc.--then you might be responsible to pay. But if you did nothing wrong, as you indicate, then you would not be: a person is not responsible to pay simply because they damaged another property, but rather only if they damaged it on purpose (intentionally) or carelessly (negligently).

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