Homeowners can be held liable for icy accidents caused by sprinklers

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 11/21/2013 10:45 pm Published: 11/21/2013 7:48 pm

Did you know that you can be held responsible for accidents on the road even if you haven’t even left your home? Something as simple as your lawn can end up costing you thousands of dollars.

Homeowner Gene Griffin takes pride in his lawn and he tells FOX23 that he wanted a company that could take his vision and transform his landscape into an inviting place.

"I used GP Designs and I've really been super pleased with what they've done, and they've taken my ideas and added their ideas and we're just real pleased,” says Griffin.

But to keep it looking good, he has to keep his sprinkler system running during the winter months. When FOX23 asked him if he was worried about being held liable for his sprinkler water icing over on the roads and causing an accident, it caused him to pause.

"It wouldn't be something that would come to my mind immediately, but as soon as the question is raised it just seems so logical and reasonable,” he says.

Thankfully, he’s mindful of this and always tries to get broken sprinkler heads repaired quickly. But police say it’s something that others need to keep at the forefront of their mind.

“If someone has a collision and then crashes then they could come back on that home owner or business if they didn't change the time, divert it or just turn it off. They could actually be sued from it contributing to their car being involved in a crash,” says Officer Craig Murray with the Tulsa Police department.

Landscape artists say the best thing to do is to make sure your sprinkler heads aren’t broken, and always make sure they are turned the correct way and away from the street.

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t town253 - 11/22/2013 1:28 PM
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What about businesses and apartment complexes that have their sprinkler running into the streets??

Mayor Maynot - 11/22/2013 7:56 AM
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Salt Karl's head right after it comes out. Homeowners with slick roadways due to their own sprinkler CoUlD spread a little salt not only for the safety of others but also for themselves.

karlschneider - 11/21/2013 9:30 PM
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Sounds great...but how exactly should one go about suing Jesus when He sends RAIN that freezes on the road and causes a crash. We need to figure this one out for sure.
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