An unattended motor vehicle for an extended period of time in an unauthorized location is prohibited by Washington law. When leaving a vehicle parked, be sure to turn off the engine, remove the key, and set the parking brake. When parking on a hill, remember to turn the wheel in the correct direction. If your unattended vehicle becomes set in motion and strikes another vehicle or injures someone, you can still be liable for the damage.
Unattended Motor Vehicle
(1) No person driving or in charge of a motor vehicle shall permit it to stand unattended without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition, removing the key and effectively setting the brake thereon and, when standing upon any perceptible grade, turning the front wheels to the curb or side of the highway.
(2) The most recent driver of a motor vehicle which the driver has left standing unattended, who learns that the vehicle has become set in motion and has struck another vehicle or property, or has caused injury to any person, shall comply with the requirements of:
(a) RCW 46.52.010 if his or her vehicle strikes an unattended vehicle or property adjacent to a public highway; or
(b) RCW 46.52.020 if his or her vehicle causes damage to an attended vehicle or other property or injury to any person.
(3) Any person failing to comply with subsection (2)(b) of this section shall be subject to the sanctions set forth in RCW 46.52.020.
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