pay the repair bill

Several weeks ago, my wife reared neighbor’s car and at that time we gave them our insurance card and asked them to contact insurance. Today, the neighbor reached to us and gave us a bill they got from lease car company. He said they leased car and had no time to contact insurance company. They returned the car and leased car company sent them a bill of $1400. They

wanted us to pay the bill. In this case, is this their responsibility to reach insurance to file a claim? If they choose not to do so, do we have the responsibility to pay the bill?

Asked on September 9, 2016 under Accident Law, Illinois

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Someone whose vehicle is damaged by  a person who was driving negligently or unreasonably carlessly (and the law considers it negligent to rear-end another car, since you are expected to maintain a safe following distance and pay sufficient attention to brake in time) is *not* required to file an insurance claim or submit the claim to their insurer. Rather, they are allowed to seek compensation directly from the at fault driver (the driver who rear-ended them), who is liable (or financially responsible) for all the damage they do.


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