On the golf course I hit a car with a golf ball in the paking lot. Am I liable for the dent in his hood?

I was on the golf course, I hook my ball into the parking lot and hit the hood of the guys truck. It put a dent in the hood. He was in the car when it hit. He was not moving he was parked in the parking lot. no one was hurt. Am I liable for the damages. It was a public course.

Asked on June 4, 2009 under Accident Law, Ohio

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you are liable. The phrase "you break it, you bought it" applies here. Whether it was a public or private course, you caused damage to someone else's property. That makes it your responsibility and, more to the point, liability. Had the driver been somewhere he shouldn't have been--such as driving onto the course, where no car should be and you would not expect one or have to watch out for one--the story would be different, but a public parking lot is a perfectly reasonable and appropriate place for a car.

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you are liable. The phrase "you break it, you bought it" applies here. Whether it was a public or private course, you caused damage to someone else's property. That makes it your responsibility and, more to the point, liability. Had the driver been somewhere he shouldn't have been--such as driving onto the course, where no car should be and you would not expect one or have to watch out for one--the story would be different, but a public parking lot is a perfectly reasonable and appropriate place for a car.


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