My son(with a friend) was driving in a gravel parking lot and pulled out in front of a girl(with friends) also driving in the parking lot. He threw

gravel on her car right after school. No police or anyone was called. The girl and her father came over at 9 pm and decide they want us to pay for repair of chips on hood and fender. My son said he probably did throw some gravel on her car but I am not sure if there were chips and damage already done to the hood and fender. The car was not brand new so I find it hard to believe that my son did all the damage. Are we really liable?

Asked on June 2, 2009 under Insurance Law, Indiana


N. K., Member, Iowa and Illinois Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

They can sue you for the damage, but they must prove that the damage was caused by the gravel that your son threw and not by some pre-existing damage to the car . You can be liable for whatever direct damage was done to the car by your son's actions.

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