Dilemma of a Designated Driver: Who is responsible?

by epi on April 16, 2012

Q: I was the designated driver one night for my friend who was drinking. i
dropped her off at her house in her van and then went back to where i was staying. the next morning it had been broken into, the stereo ripped out and the window smashed in. Am I obligated to help pay for the stereo and window since i drove the car and parked it where i did?

A: No, you are not. You performed an act of kindness and did your best to keep both your friend and her van safe. It was unfortunate that the car was vandalized on your watch, but it was not your responsibility.

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Chara April 16, 2012 at 10:18 am

I would assume that your friend has insurance on her van, in which case, the insurance would assumably pay for the damage and theft. That is what you have insurance for.


Vanna Keiler April 16, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Wow, what an unfortunate incident. I hope the person asking the question was not asked by the van owner to contribute to the insurance deductible cost, if insurance is involved, or for some or all of the cost if insurance is not involved. Whatever the case, I agree with the EPI response and Chara that this is neither your fault nor your responsibility. It also sounds as if these arrangements were made in advance, so the right course would be for the van owner to take full responsibility for choosing to go this route in the first place, not look around for a scapegoat or someone to help pay the bills, and just chalk it up to “one of those things that happens”.


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