If I hit a car and the owner told me don’t worry about but has since come back and wants her car fixed, am I still liable to paid for the damage?

Should I just go to the police station and file a report? I hit her yesterday and she came to my house today.

Asked on October 12, 2014 under Accident Law, Louisiana


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

The fact that she may have, on the spot, said "don't worry," has no legal effect; she has the right to seek the money from you, if you were at fault in causing the accident (e.g. were driving negligently, or carelessly). If you were at fault, you are potentially responsible for all her repair costs (so long as they are reasonable--she can't overcharge you). If you do not pay voluntarily, she could sue you for the money. Filing a police report has no effect on whether you do or do not owe her money.

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