Legal

Ask a Lawyer and Get Answers to Your Legal Questions

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Legal
This answer was rated:

do i have a legal obligation here- I put my shopping cart

do i have a legal...
do i have a legal obligation here-
I put my shopping cart back against the building outside a grocery cart. it was stationary but was not in the line of pushed together carts.
i then put my bag on my bike, was putting on my helmet, and sometime while my back was turned, the cart rolled across the sidewalk into a parked car.
there was a small dent from the grocery cart on the side of the car over the front tire.
a man got out of the car, was all upset at "what I had done" and blamed this completely on me.
while I agreed that I didnt put the cart back perfectly, and apologized, he demanded my contact information which I gave to him.
i did not want a confrontation. i said if he wants to get a quote to get the dent straighted out, he can email me and we can talk.
is it my fault that the cart rolled and dented his car making me liable, or is this "an act of god'/ just life in a city with sidewalks that are not perfectly level??
if the cart had rolled a few minutes later after I was gone, I dont know how he could have considered me at fault (and I would have been gone none the wiser)
thank you
thank you
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Legal Question
Answered in 11 minutes by:
4/1/2013
Lucy, Esq.
Lucy, Esq., Attorney
Category: Legal
Satisfied Customers: 31,018
Experience: Lawyer
Verified
Hi,

My name is XXXXX XXXXX I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear that this happened.

What it really comes down to is whether it was reasonable to leave the cart up against the side of the building. If you knew that the sidewalk was not level, and that the cart was in a place where it could roll into other cars (or a reasonable person should have known that), then you could be liable for repairs. If it was a windy day, such that a cart left would be likely to be blown into vehicles, that also could make it your fault. If a jury finds that a reasonably prudent person would have taken the cart all the way to the front of the store or to a cart return area, then any person who leaves a cart elsewhere could be liable. It is entirely possible that a judge or jury would find that someone who is being reasonably careful would secure the cart so that it couldn't roll or be blown into a car and cause damage. It's just too foreseeable that leaving the car in the lot can cause a problem - that's why most stores post disclaimers in the parking lots that say they're not liable for damage caused by carts.

The fact that no one would have known you left the cart had the incident happened later is unfortunately not legally relevant. If a person is liable for damages caused, it's not a defense that the person shouldn't have been found out.

I apologize that this was probably not the Answer you were hoping to receive. However, it would be unfair to you and unprofessional of me were I to provide you with anything less than truthful and honest information. I hope you understand.

Good luck.
Lucy, Esq.
Lucy, Esq., Attorney
Category: Legal
Satisfied Customers: 31,018
Experience: Lawyer
Verified
Lucy, Esq. and 87 other Legal Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Ask Lucy, Esq. Your Own Question
Lucy, Esq.
Lucy, Esq.
Lucy, Esq., Attorney
Category: Legal
Satisfied Customers: 31,018
31,018 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Lawyer

Lucy, Esq. is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem.

TonyApopka, FL

Not only did he answer my Michigan divorce question but was also able to help me out with it, too. I have since won my legal case on this matter and thank you so much for it.

LeeMichigan

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Tina

Tina

Lawyer

8,775 satisfied customers

JD, BBA Over 25 years legal and business experience.

Ely

Ely

Counselor at Law

24,353 satisfied customers

Private practice with focus on family, criminal, PI, consumer protection, and business consultation.

INFOLAWYER

INFOLAWYER

Attorney

20,727 satisfied customers

Licensed attorney helping individuals and businesses

JPEsq

JPEsq

Attorney

2,132 satisfied customers

Experience as general attorney, in house counsel, SSDI, Family Law attorney, and law professor

Law Educator, Esq.

Law Educator, Esq.

Attorney

42,358 satisfied customers

JA Mentor -Attorney Labor/employment, corporate, sports law, admiralty/maritime and civil rights law

Ellen

Ellen

Lawyer, Consultant

8,238 satisfied customers

25 years of experience helping people like you.

Guillermo J. Senmartin, Esq.

Guillermo J. Senmartin, Esq.

Attorney

292 satisfied customers

7+ years of experience handling various legal matters.

< Previous | Next >

Related Legal Questions
I have three Questions: 1. can me and my 5yr old child (with
I have three Questions:1. can me and my 5yr old child (with helmet) ride our kick scooter to school everyday via the sidewalk (Brooklyn New York)?2. a dog just keeps barking at me aggressively on the … read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
30,899 satisfied customers
On Halloween, my son was driving home,pulled into the middle
Good morning! on Halloween, my son was driving home,pulled into the middle lane to turn left after leaving a gas station, he was waiting for traffic to clear but saw a kid in a truck across the street… read more
Law Educator, Esq.
Law Educator, Esq.
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
42,358 satisfied customers
I met with a guy wanting to sell a four-wheeler on a country
I met with a guy wanting to sell a four-wheeler on a country road to test drive it first and then try and negotiate a price. While driving I met a county officer that passed by me while I was at stop … read more
LegalKnowledge
LegalKnowledge
Juris Doctor
28,183 satisfied customers
I was arrested over a year ago for wreckless driving (sep
I was arrested over a year ago for wreckless driving (sep 9th, 2016) after I was bailed out I received a phone call telling me that I was not going to be charged with anything, and a couple days ago I… read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
30,899 satisfied customers
My son suffered a concussion from football almost 2 years
My son suffered a concussion from football almost 2 years ago. He is still having problems and can't even go to a regular classroom. It was a result of a coach not removing him from a game when my son… read more
FamilyAttorney
FamilyAttorney
Appellate attorney & former trial lawyer
JD
1,457 satisfied customers
My boyfriend moved in with me last October. I live in Oregon
My boyfriend moved in with me last October . I live in Oregon and he kept his mailing address in Washington at his moms house so he wouldn't have to pay Oregon tax, we put money into and built a sand … read more
Lucy, Esq.
Lucy, Esq.
Attorney
31,018 satisfied customers
My divorce was final October 2016 (state of MO). My ex
My divorce was final October 2016 (state of MO). My ex husband and I have joint legal and joint physical custody with my address being primary. He has started my kids in horse riding lessons and after… read more
LegalKnowledge
LegalKnowledge
Juris Doctor
28,183 satisfied customers
I signed a contract renting a bike, upon returning the bike
I signed a contract renting a bike, upon returning the bike the office was closed so I used the lock provided and locked it up outsode the front door of office.It was stolen that night the office is s… read more
LawGuy
LawGuy
Juris Doctor
123 satisfied customers
My daughter played softball for UWGB. On October 8th, 2016,
My daughter played softball for UWGB. On October 8th, 2016, her team was told by the head coach to wear unsafe/expired/non-regulation helmets even though the players asked to wear the new regulation h… read more
Expert James
Expert James
Doctoral Degree
11,711 satisfied customers
I need to know the status of UTV vehicles in the state of
I need to know the status of UTV vehicles in the state of Florida; can they use public roads? Specifically, John Deere Gator vehicles. But, the most important question to answer is are these UTV vehic… read more
LegalGems
LegalGems
Juris Doctorate
10,720 satisfied customers
What can I do about having a patent on giving advice and two
what can I do about having a patent on giving advice and two people got rich off it. one was the 99 cent store. the other a computer phone? … read more
Bill Attorney
Bill Attorney
law
1,607 satisfied customers
FaceBook: CA Judicial Corruption - 19280 18 Aug 16 Hit from
FaceBook: CA Judicial Corruption - 19280 18 Aug 16 Hit from behind in bike lane, dragged 220 FT, run over by uninsured (Military?,) Jose Angel Hernandez. Preceding ambulance, helmet / camera removed (… read more
Law Educator, Esq.
Law Educator, Esq.
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
42,358 satisfied customers
My ex boyfriend left an item at my house that was supposed
My ex boyfriend left an item at my house that was supposed to be destroyed by the FDNY NFPA 1851 but was rescued against regulation by his friend and stashed at my house. He only slept at my place spo… read more
Law Educator, Esq.
Law Educator, Esq.
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
42,358 satisfied customers
I was using a few images on my web site that I thought were
I was using a few images on my web site that I thought were stock photos from the manufacturer. I was contacted by a company in Germany who claims they took the images. These are just product shots of… read more
LegalPro54
LegalPro54
Doctoral Degree
1,258 satisfied customers
I am and engineering assistant who goes out in the field to
I am and engineering assistant who goes out in the field to verify work orders have been built as drawn by the staking engineer or I make red line changes to reflect any changes made comply to company… read more
Maverick
Maverick
Doctoral Degree
6,134 satisfied customers
Do i need a model release? I'm shooting a promotional video
do i need a model release? I'm shooting a promotional video and talking video of skiers who's faces are covered by goggles, helmets and hats … read more
Gerald, Esq
Gerald, Esq
Juris Doctor
3,547 satisfied customers
I am a tyson employee of 40 years. I have been bullied by
HI, i am a tyson employee of 40 years. I have been bullied by individuals at work who a been using ground glass as tool of harrasement. I have contacted osha, miosha, made police reports, called tyson… read more
INFOLAWYER
INFOLAWYER
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
20,727 satisfied customers
Am I required to surrender personal property to an insurance
Am I required to surrender personal property to an insurance company if I accept their payment? … read more
P. Simmons
P. Simmons
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
35,326 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x