It is not unusual to see a car broken down on the side of the road at some point during your daily commute. As motorists, the common thing to do is to avoid the vehicle as much as possible by switching lanes to create a safe distance, or to slow down while passing. There are times when these disabled vehicles on the side of the roadway cause accidents, and if involved in such an accident, you may be confused on who is at fault.
Disabled Vehicle Causes Traffic Accident
Ohio law does not allow vehicles to be parked on public highways and streets. If a vehicle must be parked directly off of the roadway, it must be parked off of the paved or traveled part of the roadway.
Ohio Revised Code §4511.66 states that no vehicle can prevent another motorist from using the road or street and that if a vehicle is stopped, it must be clearly visible to moving traffic from at least 200 feet in all directions.
Any vehicle that becomes disabled must be removed from the traveled part of the roadway by the operator unless it is absolutely impossible for them to do so. If the driver of the disabled vehicle does not remove the car or truck from the road, they can be charged with a misdemeanor under Ohio law. If the vehicle is not removed from the road and then causes a traffic accident with another vehicle, the disabled vehicle owner is responsible for any damage from the accident. Andrews v. Davis (2000), 140 Ohio App. 3d 707 (Ct. App. 1st. Dist.)
Involved in a Toledo Accident with a Disabled Vehicle
If you have been involved in an accident with a disabled vehicle on an area roadway, call our Toledo car accident lawyers. We can help you to receive damages for the pain and suffering that the accident has caused.