Do I have to pay for guardrail damage from an accident that occurred over 2 years ago?
Question Details: I was in an accident almost 2 1/2 years ago. I was at fault due to a snowstorm; my vehicle slid into another lane on the highway, a semi-truck hit me, and we both went into guard rails. My insurance covered everything to include the other party which maxed out my 25K liability. The state Department of Transportation just sent an estimate to my insurance company for 5k. Don't taxes cover highway and road repair?
It doesn't matter that taxes do pay for road, etc. repair, any more than it matters that your income normally pays for your own home's repair and renovation. Just like if someone damaged your home, you could sue them for the repair costs, if you damage the guardrails, the state can ask you to pay for the repairs and sue you if you don't. Anyone who is at fault in damaging another's property, whether that other is a person, a private business, a nonprofit, or the government, is liable or responsible for the cost of the damage he or she does.