Cincinnati, OH asked in Civil Litigation and Consumer Law for Ohio

Q: Bumper and exhaust fell off driving into bay for oil change. Should they be responsible for the repair?

It's a ford mustang that sits low. The employee guiding him in just told my son yea I guess I should have be watching. And the walks into the office. The owner of the business wasn't any help neither. The police made a report.

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: In your situation where the bumper and exhaust of a Ford Mustang fell off while driving into a bay for an oil change, determining responsibility can be complex. If an employee of the oil change business was guiding your son into the bay and failed to provide proper instructions or warnings, there could be grounds to hold the business responsible for the damages.

It's important to document everything, including the police report and any statements made by the employee and the business owner. This documentation can be crucial in establishing the sequence of events and determining liability.

You might want to consult with a lawyer experienced in personal property damage or automotive repair disputes. They can help evaluate the details of your case and advise on the best course of action. It's also advisable to communicate with the business in writing, outlining your claim and the evidence supporting it.

Remember, the resolution of such cases often depends on the specifics of the incident, the evidence available, and the willingness of the parties to negotiate a settlement. Legal guidance can help ensure that your rights and interests are adequately represented and protected in this process.

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