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You asked what your liability is with respect to the vehicle which the shopping cart bumped into. If you let go of the shopping cart and it bumped into another vehicle, then from a legal standpoint, you would be liable for any damage that the cart did to the other vehicle. However, if the owner of the vehicle is claiming that the cart did any damage to his vehicle, then he would have the burden of proof as to which damage on his vehicle was caused by the shopping cart. The owner of the vehicle would have the burden of proving exactly what damage was actually caused by the shopping cart and if his vehicle had so much old damage, it would probably be next to impossible for him to prove which part of the damage was actually caused by the shopping cart. If the owner tries to extort money from you, then tell him to take his car to a mutually agreeable body shop and have them determine what damage, if any, was really new damage caused by the shopping cart and which parts were old damage. I do not believe that a shopping cart can do any visible damage and any damage the body shop sees will be determined to be old damage, not caused by the shopping cart. So, by going about it this way, it will be determined that the shopping cart was not going fast enough too cause any new damage to the vehicle, and you will be legally absolved from any liability and the owner will not "have a legal leg to stand on", but you will have fulfilled your legal obligation to the owner of the vehicle and you will not be responsible to the owner of the vehicle, nor owe him anything.
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