We all know what to do when an accident happens on a public road: call the police. What happens when you have an accident on private property? Do you have to call the police? Can you sue the property owner?
Here’s what to do if your accident takes place on a private road, driveway, parking lot or other type of property.
What to Do Immediately Afterwards
Ohio Revised Code Section 4549.021 governs accidents on both private and public property. In both cases, the procedure is the same: you must stop at the scene of the accident. If anyone else was involved in the accident and requests your personal information, you’re required to give it to them. Alternatively, you may provide the information to local law enforcement within 24 hours. Should the accident be with an unattended vehicle or other property, the driver must attach their information to the car or property they hit. Failure to comply could be a criminal offense.
While not technically required under this law, it’s a good idea to call the local police or emergency services as well. They may not fill out an accident report, but they may choose to file an incident report.
If you are able, take photos of the accident scene from multiple angles. Write down everything you remember about the accident, including your injuries. This will help provide valuable information for your insurance company or lawyer.
Finally, be sure to seek medical help if you were injured.
After the Accident
There are a number of private property accident types and causes. In some cases, you may have to rely on your own insurance or pocketbook to pay for damages. Other times, negligent property owners or other drivers may be held responsible. It all depends on the specific circumstances of your accident.
The most important thing to remember is that Ohio’s statute of limitation is two years from the date of the injury. Failing to contact an attorney or your insurance company could preclude you from recovering any compensation for your property damage, injuries and other damages.
Call a personal injury attorney as soon as you’re in stable condition. Your consultation will help you understand your options with insurance companies and lawsuits. The sooner you call, the better—the longer you wait, the more likely that you’ll lose valuable security footage or other evidence.
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