If I took my truck to the dealership for an oil change and tire rotation but as I drove off after paying the front tire fell off and damaged my truck, who is responsible?

After returning to pay and pick up the vehicle my front tire fell off my truck as I drove down the street. Should the dealership be responsible for more than just the cost of the damages they caused?

Asked on July 19, 2015 under Accident Law, Massachusetts


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

If, as seems likely from what you write, the dealership was negligent (or careless) in re-attaching the tire, then the dealership be liable for all your out-of-pocket losses, such as the cost to repair the truck; lost wages, if you missed work due to this; cost to rent a replacement vehicle or take taxis or mass transit while your truck is being repaired, if necessary.

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