Who is at fault for hitting a garbage bin; driver or homeowner?

This article explores what happens if a car hits a garbage bin near the street, and asks: who is at fault for the accident, the driver or the homeowner.

UPDATED: May 5, 2022

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Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

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UPDATED: May 5, 2022

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If you are driving and strike a stationary item such as a garbage can, even if it is in the road, you will most likely be held liable for the damage to your car.

This is similar to striking a car door. If someone opens the door into traffic, then the person who opened the door is responsible. However, if the door is already open, and someone drives down the road and strikes it, then the driver is at fault. The garbage can in your instance could have been blown into the street by winds and the owner would not have known it. Depending upon the cost of the mirror, you may want to pay for the repairs yourself, since you probably have a deductible (this would be the collision deductible) and the cost of the mirror may not be worth filing a claim.

Ultimately, it is your responsibility to use caution when you’re behind the wheel and avoid hitting anything or anyone.

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Editorial Guidelines: We are a free online resource for anyone interested in learning more about legal topics and insurance. Our goal is to be an objective, third-party resource for everything legal and insurance related. We update our site regularly, and all content is reviewed by experts.

Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

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