My son was shot in his vehicle, died and his car rolled into another car. Am I responsible for the damage to the other car?

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Insurance Question from Fate, TX

Asked on 08/02/2018

My son was shot in his vehicle, died and his car rolled into another car. Am I responsible for the damage to the other car? Am I responsible for damage to the other vehicle if my sons vehicle hit it after he was shot and killed?

Answer given on August 10, 2018

I am sorry for your loss.  If your son’s car struck another vehicle after he was shot it would depend upon who owned the car. If the car and insurance were in his name, then you would not have any responsibility for damages to the other car.  Your son’s insurance would have to be contacted and have his insurance company determine liability for the other car. 

If the car involved was your car, and your son was using it with your permission, there could be liability for the damage to the other car. Much depends upon the circumstances before and after the shooting. It would be best for you to contact your insurance company and then let them determine if there is liability and damages to the other car need to be made. Your insurance rates probably will not be increased if your insurance makes any payment since your son is deceased.


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