This came up at coffee break so I thought I would ask...
When I see a car in the ditch on a secondary road ( not a divided hiway) and the car seems undamaged, what is the legalities of offering to pull it out?
- slides back into the other vehicle
- the chain/rope/strap/cable whiplashes into something or someone
- damage (fender, plastic, etc..)to vehicle pulled
- what if the vehicle rolls over
Possible HTA offences if:
- strike another vehicle using the road
- cause a collision
Possible Criminal Offence: If there is a further collision...Dangerous Driving....but circumstances would dictate this
Towing companies have insurance to cover the possibilities of vehicle removal problems. Towing will call police for certain situations for traffic control.
- don't put yourself in a bad position should something go wrong.
Above is merely a suggestion/thought and in no way constitutes legal advice or views of my employer. www.OHTA.ca
A lot of judgement comes into play to make sure your good deed goes unpunished, and I'm guessing you have quite a bit of experience with that being an ex tow truck driver. Most guys just get offered a cell phone, and some even get left in the ditch where they belong.
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