Sports and Windshield Damage
You've probably heard about or experienced for yourself golf balls, baseballs, and other sports equipment damaging the windshields of vehicles nearby. One of the most common questions we get is whether the people playing sports or the facility hosting the sports event can be held liable. Here's the answer to that question, along with some other important information.
Yes, They're Liable
If a ball or another piece of sports equipment hits your vehicle and causes a windshield crack or other damage, the person playing sports or the facility hosting the sports event may have to pay to fix your vehicle, assuming you have proof.
No, They're Not Liable
Unfortunately, drivers with this type of damage have a limited chance of legal recourse, unless they are able to obtain footage of the accident taking place. It's not like you can grab your cell phone and get footage as the incident is taking place, because by the time you are aware there is an incident, the incident is over. However, the facility hosting the sports event may have security cameras or people attending the sport event may have footage.
What You Can Do
You can try to contact the person responsible or the facility management. It doesn't hurt to share your experience and ask for reimbursement. The worst thing they can do is say no. You can also contact your car insurance representative to see if they would be willing to advocate for you. If you think you have enough documentation to make a convincing case, you can file a small claims case. Lastly, you can do nothing at all, accepting the fact that you or your insurance company will pay to repair the damage.
If a piece of sports equipment has damaged your windshield, feel free to contact us with any additional questions or concerns you may have.