Is a private community responsible for the cost to repair the damage to my car incurred due toits not plowing the road I live on?

UPDATED: Feb 16, 2012

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Is a private community responsible for the cost to repair the damage to my car incurred due toits not plowing the road I live on?

I live on a hill in a private community. Today it snowed and they did not take care of this hill at home. While going down this hill I slid into a ditch. It caused damage to my control arm on my front wheel of the car. Also, I had to call a tow truck out. He too was sliding on this road. Can I get some kind of comp for the amount this is going to cause me due to there not taking car of this road?

Asked on February 16, 2012 under Accident Law, Pennsylvania


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Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Uner the laws of most states, a private community is not responsible for damage caused to a vehicle resulting from natural conditions such as the build up of snow and the failure to timely plow the roads. The reason for this is that different circumstances dictate when a private road can be cleared of snow where delays may occur.

Furthermore, one's travel on an icy road is evidence of that person's assumption of a known risk and hazards and the possible results.

If you have auto insurance for your car, I would make a claim with it concerning the incident that you are writing about.

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