Anyone who drives should be aware of most traffic laws, and drivers are often most concerned with possible moving violations. However, there are also non-moving violations that can lead to costly tickets and even liability for car accidents, and these include parking violations.
If you suffered injuries in a car accident due to an illegally parked vehicle, you might be able to obtain compensation for your losses. Discuss your options with a car accident lawyer right away.
When you park in a standard space in a parking lot at work or the grocery store, or in your own garage or driveway, you know you are within the limits of the law. However, there are situations in which parking is more complicated and might violate the law.
The following are some prohibited parking locations under Indiana law:
Private property and business owners can also post signs that you cannot park in certain spaces without proper permits or permission. They can have unauthorized cars towed if they violate the parking restrictions.
Finding parking can be a challenge in certain areas, and drivers are often tempted to park in impermissible ways. Doing so can lead to preventable car accidents and injuries.
Parking restrictions are in place for a reason, as prohibited parking can impede the usual flow of traffic or otherwise put drivers at risk of a collision and injuries. Drivers who need to go around improperly parked cars might crash into other vehicles as a result. Cars blocking driveways can limit visibility for drivers who need to enter or exit, leading to avoidable crashes.
If you were in a collision because a car was parked illegally, you should gather the information of that vehicle, including the make, model, and license plate number. Calling the authorities can help ensure the driver is cited, which helps your claim, and that you receive emergency medical help when needed. Always get a medical evaluation to diagnose your injuries, and then reach out to an experienced attorney who handles car accident claims.
Drivers of parked cars can be negligent and share liability for accidents, just like moving drivers. The legal team at Blackburn Romey assists with all types of car accident claims in Fort Wayne, South Bend, Indianapolis, Lafayette and Terre Haute so please contact us for a free case evaluation as soon as possible.