Seattle, WA asked in Personal Injury for Washington

Q: My truck was broken into at a dealership while it was awaiting repairs is the dealership liable?

They told me no because of the Third party clause in their documents but what constitutes a third party? they have security cameras but the manager is saying they probably don't have any footage because its something they've been working on it would this void that entirely? how can you prove it was or wasnt a third party?

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Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II

A: This is a personal injury/property damage case. Not possible to provide definitive answer without reading whatever documents you signed when taking the car in for service. Generally, it would seem that at the very least, the dealership has to obligation to protect your property while in their possession, this could be a bailment and there are specific obligations and protections for both you and the dealership under bailment law. You could google Bailment law for Washington state, to see what you could find and you should consult with an attorney handling personal injury/property damage in your area.

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