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There are many types of roads that drivers use in Ohio. They include rural roads, residential streets, urban streets, state routes, multi-lane highways, and federal interstates. Traffic laws on these roads are enforced by sheriff’s deputies, local police officers, and state highway patrolmen. When people are injured on them, they can sue the drivers who caused their accidents, if those drivers were violating a traffic law or driving negligently.
However, not all roads in Ohio are built, maintained, or patrolled by governmental agencies and employees. Some roads are built on private land, and they aren’t subject to the same traffic laws as public roads. However, crashes can and do occur on these roads, and people who are injured on them because of others’ negligence can still sue for compensation.
The most common types of private roads are:
There are typically three potentially at-fault parties after crashes on private roads:
Because law enforcement officers usually don’t patrol private roads and typically don’t issue citations after crashes on them (unless they have an agreement with the owners of the private properties), fault may be more difficult to prove. In addition, some injured victims are reluctant to file compensation claims after crashes that occur on private property that belongs to friends, family members, or even their neighborhoods.
When victims do seek compensation, insurance companies are much more likely to deny their clients’ liability after crashes that they caused if there are no tickets or citations. On the flip side, victims’ insurers may claim they’re at fault for their own crashes when the other driver isn’t clearly assigned fault. All of these factors can make it more difficult to get compensation, especially when victims go it alone.
At Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy, we often use tickets and citations as part of the evidence we collect when we build injury claims for our clients. But those documents aren’t everything when it comes to getting compensation for innocent victims. Our investigations go far beyond police records, and they include gathering all available evidence to determine what happened and prove fault.
If you or someone you love is hurt in a crash on a private road, our Ohio car accident lawyers want to help. We know that you may be unsure of your next steps or whether you’re even eligible for compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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