Can my car be towed if an overweight person isn’t able to access their door?

I parked in a parking garage, correctly between the lines, with what I think was
sufficient clearance on both sides of my car. As I walked away from my car, it
just so happened that the owner of the vehicle next to mine was coming back to
her car. She was significantly overweight and was unable to squeeze between the
two cars to get to her door. She yelled at me, demanding that I move my car
immediately. I did, but what if I had not been there when she got back to her
car? Would she have been able to tow my car if she couldn’t get inside of hers?

Asked on October 25, 2017 under General Practice, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

No, your car may NOT be towed if you are parked legally, even if another person cannot access their car, whether because they are overweight, or handicapped, or simply parked too close to you (or have a car with those very striking looking, but wholly impractical, "gullwing" doors). If she tried to do anything like that, you could have sued her and whomever was helping her for all costs and damage and pressed criminal charges as well.


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