Drivers of cars and trucks are liable for injuries they cause in car accidents when starting to move a parked car or truck when it is unsafe to do so. Idaho law places the burden on the car operator to ensure that the vehicle can start moving without striking a person, child or a vehicle.
The Idaho Rules of the Road governing starting or backing a vehicle are as follows:
Idaho Code § 49-603. Starting parked vehicle.
No person shall start movement of a vehicle which is stopped, standing or parked unless movement can be made with reasonable safety.
Idaho Code § 49-604. Limitations on backing.
- The driver of a vehicle shall not back the vehicle unless that movement can be made with safety and without interfering with other traffic.
- The driver of a vehicle shall not back it upon any shoulder or lane of travel of any controlled-access highway.
To avoid car accidents, operators should take care that they check the surroundings of their car before getting into their car to identify any hazards or pedestrians that might be injured in an accident when starting or backing a vehicle. Children who are playing in a driveway or riding their bicycles on the sidewalk are particularly difficult to identify when an operator is already in a vehicle because the operator’s vision is obstructed and the children are small and difficult to see. Check first, before starting your car.
Driving large vehicles such as a van or truck makes it more difficult to see children in a driveway or on the sidewalk. Know where your children are before you get in your car. Discuss with children the importance of staying away from vehicles that are turned on and explain to them the danger of injury that could be caused by a driver who cannot see them. Try to separate your play areas from your driveway to reduce the chances that children will be playing in your driveway when you are backing up.
Driveway accidents are more common after school and during summer times and in most cases the child’s own parent is driving the car.
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If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident, call the experienced and trusted car crash lawyers at Brent Gordon Law Firm. Our law office offers free consultation to discuss your case with a car accident lawyer. Call our Idaho Falls law office at 208-552-0467 or our Pocatello law office at 208-232-7274 to get started.
Additional Idaho Rules of the Road
When you’ve been in a car accident, it may be helpful to know other Idaho Rules of the Road
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