Originally Posted by nicelynice
I don't know exactly how your relationship works and the exact details, but if I was asked to drive someone's car on a trip we were taking together and then got into an accident, I'd want to split the costs 50/50 unless it was VERY clearly 100% my fault. Things can happen while driving no matter who is at the wheel, and you were both making use of the vehicle at the time. I was in a similar situation where my ex-girlfriend dinged another car while driving mine and we split the repair costs for both vehicles between us
Hey NN. In most scenarios I would think the driver in an accident is at fault unless he got hit or there's some other weird circumstance? In my case, the accident was my fault. I will just post the full details of the accident in case anyone is interested:
I was coming back home on a 2 lane highway (1 lane each way with no center divide) with a speed limit of 50 or 55 mph. Traffic was stop and go as there was an accident on the road. We passed the accident and traffic starts moving. I take my eyes off the road for a second as I sneeze. When I look up the traffic in front of me is completely stopped and I estimate I'm going 25 mph. I have a split second to react and jam on the brakes but it is far too late.
We hit the SUV in front of me (I'm in a Hyundai Sonata) and the damage to the car I'm driving is bad. Both front airbags went off, the windshield cracked in multiple places, the whole front is smashed, etc. I'm just thankful no one was seriously hurt. My girlfriend got checked out at the hospital just to be safe but she was fine. I don't know if it was adrenaline or shock but apparently the airbag hit me in the chest/face but I either don't remember it or didn't feel it. I figured it had to have hit me as I had sunglasses hanging on my shirt and they were smashed.
The SUV on the other hand only had some damage to the bumper which wasn't too bad at all. It wasn't caved in or anything.