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Property Owner’s Duties to People Driving on Adjacent Roads


Landowners are under a common law duty to prevent artificial conditions on their land from being unreasonably dangerous to travelers on the adjacent roadways. They must also maintain the natural conditions on their property so as not to foreseeably cause injury to those using the adjacent roads.

Accident Injuries On Adjacent Roads – Who Is Responsible?

These above-stated legal standards were recently stated by the Court of Appeals of the State of Washington, Division III, on January 13, 2021 in a case where Washington Law Center represents a seriously-injured minor who was an innocent passenger in a motor vehicle driven by a criminally-negligent driver. The minor’s injuries were made more severe than they otherwise might have been because the car in which he was traveling crashed into barriers placed upon the land adjacent to the roadway. Read our recent Court of Appeals decision here.

Lawsuit Against Property Owner For Injury on Adjacent Roads

If you’ve been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident, it is critical to your ability to recover financially that you sue the responsible landowners adjacent to the roadway if their negligent maintenance of their property was part of the cause of your accident.   

How Washington Law Center Can Help You

At Washington Law Center, we are experts in the laws and court rulings pertaining to motor vehicle accidents. We stand ready to fight for you in court if the financially-responsible adjacent landowner attempts to disclaim liability for your serious personal injury. If you’ve been injured in any kind of motor vehicle accident, please call Washington Law Center for a free consultation today.


Spencer Parr

Labor & Industries / Personal Injury Attorney

Spencer Parr is a litigation and trial attorney at Washington Law Center focused primarily in the areas of Labor & Industries claims and injury pension benefits. Before co-founding Washington Law Center, Spencer served in the U.S. Army. He has litigated major issues in the law, represented clients from coast to coast, and dedicated his professional life to assisting the injured and disabled. Click here to learn more about Spencer. View More Labor & Industries and Work Injury Resources.


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