Schenectady, NY asked in Civil Litigation for New York

Q: Are we liable to pay damages involving an ATV wreck that my 16-year old son was a passenger…was on friend’s property

I live in New York State. My sixteen-year

old son was at a friend's house. He was a

passenger in the kid's ATV, and another

friend was driving. The driver swerved to

avoid hitting a deer, and the ATV was

totaled. No one was hurt. The parent is

having the three kids chop wood for him to

cover the cost of damages, which is

thousands of dollars. We aren't sure if he

has already been reimbursed by his

insurance. As a passenger to this, does my

son (or us) have a legal responsibility to

pay for the damages?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: I'm sorry about the accident. I'm glad that everyone is okay. Unless there are additional details, passengers are not generally liable. However, it would be helpful to know whether a claim was filed with the carrier, and the outcome of that claim. Good luck

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