Hello, my son was recently in a car accident while driving
his friend's truck. He was found at fault for following too close. The friend's parents only carried PLPD (we are in Michigan), and the friend's parents are claiming the truck is a total loss.
We were told that they paid $1000 for the truck 9 months ago, and I have seen it myself it was in less than fair condition before the accident.
Trying to do what's right, my husband and I offered to pay something toward a new truck for my son's friend. The parents are asking us to pay $1000 because they would like to get their son something nicer this time.
I agreed to pay the $1000, although I didn't think it was fair. It was an honest accident and both boys were at fault. The friend should not have let my son drive his truck and my son should not have driven it. However, the friend's parents knew that my son drove the truck often, and that day the friend had asked my son to drive because he was tired.
We are also paying consequences from this accident as well. My son is facing points on his license and also a suspension as he is only 16 years old. My insurance
rates are going to skyrocket and we will not be buying him his own vehicle any time soon due to this.
My only condition for paying the $1000 was that the parents sign over the title
to us. My husband wanted to take the truck in for scrap and estimates it is worth between $200 and $400.
The parent's are angry and refusing to sign over the title. I know it's not much money but I am standing my ground on the principle of it. I don't think we should be held totally responsible for the entire cost of the vehicle. Am I wrong to ask for the title? Are we legally responsible to pay what they ask?