Where Can’t You Park Legally in Indiana?

Mar 14

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. 

Prohibited parking locations under Indiana law:

  • On a sidewalk or with your tires on a curb (including parking over a sidewalk that crosses a driveway
  • Blocking a commercial or residential driveway
  • Double parked with another vehicle
  • Facing the wrong direction (against traffic)
  • Within 20 feet of a crosswalk
  • In an intersection
  • Within 15 feet of a fire station entrance or fire hydrant
  • Inside a tunnel
  • On a bridge
  • On a highway
  • Within 50 feet of a railroad crossing
  • In a space marked reserved for those with valid handicapped vehicle tags
  • Any space with a “No Parking” sign, including signs that indicate there is no parking at certain times of the day

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. 


Prohibited Parking in Indiana

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. 


Negligent Parking and Car Accident Claims

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. 


Consult with an Indiana Car Accident Lawyer Today

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. 

Tom Blackburn

Blackburn Romey founding partner Tom Blackburn graduated with honors receiving a degree from Indiana University at the Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Initiating his legal career in 1977, he has been active in practicing law and currently serves as a member of the Indiana State Bar Association on the Ethics and Advertising Committees, the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, as a board member at the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, and as an appointed member of the Executive Committee for the State of Indiana for the National Trial Lawyers Association.

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This page has been written, edited, and reviewed by a team of legal writers following our comprehensive editorial guidelines. This page was approved by Founding Partner, Tom Blackburn, who has more than 47 years of legal experience, including over 39 years specializing as a personal injury attorney.