Rules of the Road – Abandoned Motor Vehicles

25 October 2011 Categories: All Blogs, Car Accident, Personal Injury

McNulty & Associates has received a few calls over the years from people wondering what to do with an abandoned motor vehicle on or near their property that is not theirs. Tennessee law, as set out below, authorizes police departments to remove and store the vehicles. Often if they are unclaimed, they will be sold in auctions. If there is an abandoned car near your property, you should contact the police department to make a report.

T.C.A. 55-16-104. Authority to take possession of abandoned motor vehicles.

A police department may take into custody any motor vehicle found abandoned, immobile, or unattended on public or private property. In such connection, a police department may employ its own personnel, equipment and facilities or hire persons, equipment, and facilities for the purpose of removing, preserving and storing abandoned, immobile, or unattended motor vehicles.

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