Ping drove his automobile into a parking lot and, in doing so, collided with the side of a parked automobile that was owned by Nelson. Ping has a duty not to damage the automobile owned by Nelson.
The statement, “Ping has a duty not to damage the automobile owned by Nelson,” is generally correct.
As a driver, Ping has a duty of care to operate their vehicle in a reasonably safe manner and avoid collisions with other vehicles or property. This duty of care extends to other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians on the road, as well as to property owners, such as Nelson in this case.
By colliding with Nelson’s parked car, Ping has breached this duty of care and caused damage to Nelson’s property. As a result, Ping may be liable for the damages caused to Nelson’s car and may have to pay for the repairs.
In general, anyone who causes damage to another person’s property, whether intentionally or through negligence, has a legal duty to compensate the property owner for the damages caused. This is known as the principle of tort law, which is a civil wrong that allows for compensation to be awarded to the injured party.