Oklahoma City, OK asked in Car Accidents for Oklahoma

Q: I backed into a car that was illegally parked in a private parking garage. Property said I wasn’t liable.

Private gated apartment garage. Backed into a guest of a resident that was parked in resident parking. Apartment said I wasn’t liable for damages since the car was illegally parked and technically trespassing. Am I liable? The resident said they didn’t know guest parking wasn’t allowed but it’s stated in the lease agreement. It also states all residents are liable for their guest. Am I still at fault for their negligence? If the car wasn’t in the garage I never would’ve backed into it.

The resident is a contract lawyer and stated there is an Oklahoma statue that states I’m still liable no matter what.

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Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY

A: An Oklahoma attorney could advise best, but you posted last week. Until you are able to consult with a local attorney as to applicable statutes, such as the one your claimant mentions, the general rule is that the moving car would be liable. The fact that a vehicle is not parked in a valid spot doesn't mean that someone who hits it is not liable. That's a short, general answer that would hold in most places nationwide. Good luck

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