Escondido, CA asked in Municipal Law for California

Q: Is there any regulation for a chain used as a barricade to block entry to parking at public school.

The chain was 2 inches off the ground as you enter to start going into the parking lot. There is an angle for 3 feet which points the nose of your car up. You cannot see the chain. It’s was 2 inches off the ground. I could not see it in my car proceeded to drive over the chain and hit the bumper and then it started going over the hood of my car the roof of my car in the trunk of my car, which did make damage to my car I think the score is responsible for not having a sign on the chain as well as setting it back far enough so people can see it entering the driveway.. I just wanted to see if there was any code of regulation for that chain

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Municipal Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Under California law, property owners and public entities have a duty to maintain safe premises. While there might not be a specific regulation governing the height of a chain used as a barricade, if the placement of the chain creates a hazard that is not readily visible and causes damage to vehicles, it could potentially be considered negligence on the part of the entity responsible for the premises. Consulting with an attorney to assess the specific circumstances and potential liability is recommended.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: This could be something that a traffic safety expert could know better than an attorney. They are sometimes listed in expert witness or forensic examiner directories. Good luck

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