Who Is Responsible For An Accident Involving A Disabled Vehicle?
When driving on area roadways and highways, it is very common to see a disabled car on the side of the road. Whether it is a flat tire or an engine in need of repair, the vehicle usually causes somewhat of a disruption, slowing down traffic as motorists attempt to avoid the area, or possible causing accidents on the roadway.
Disabled Vehicle Causes Traffic Accident
Ohio law prohibits parking vehicles on public highways and streets. It is ideal to park the vehicle off of the paved or traveled part of the roadway. Ohio Revised Code §4511.66 requires that vehicles not prevent other drivers from using the road or street and that any stopped vehicle be clearly visible to traffic from at least 200 feet in any direction.
The driver of a vehicle that becomes disable or inoperable is required to remove the vehicle from the traveled portion of the roadway unless it is impossible for them to do so. If the motorist fails to remove the disabled vehicle from the roadway, it may be considered a misdemeanor under Ohio law. If the disabled vehicle is not removed from the road or street and causes a traffic accident, the owner of the disabled vehicle is responsible for the damage cause to the other vehicle(s) involved in the accident, and for any injuries that are suffered as a result. Andrews v. Davis (2000), 140 Ohio App. 3d 707 (Ct. App. 1st. Dist.)
Involved in an Accident with Disabled Vehicle
If you have been involved in an accident with a disabled vehicle left on the roadway by another motorist and have suffered injuries or damage to your vehicle, call our Ohio car accident lawyers at 800.637.8170. Our experienced team can help you receive compensation for the damages and ensure that you are not held responsible.