Is my friend responsible for my property stolen out of his car due to his own lack of reasonable safeguard?

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Is my friend responsible for my property stolen out of his car due to his own lack of reasonable safeguard?

During a film shooting, one of my friends had some equipment in his car, which I borrowed from my university. I stayed overnight at a different place than he did, he drove with his car to his cousins place and then left all the equipment inside his car. Somebody broke into it that night and stole all equipment. Does my friend have any responsibility towards me to share or cover the loss?

Asked on June 21, 2012 under Bankruptcy Law, New York

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

From what you have written with respect to the stolen equipment that you borrowed from your university, you would be responsible for its loss not your friend. The reason is that you borrowed the equipment and as such had the duty to safeguard the items, not your friend.

Potentially your friend may have auto insurance that may cover the loss of this equipment through theft.


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