Opinion | Government immunity law needs revision
Published: Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 00:10
I am contacting you to inform you and your readers how shameful the law is regarding State of Ohio and government immunity pursuant to ORC 2743.02, ORC 2743.16, ORC 3345.15 and ORC 3345.40.
I am a 22-plus-year dedicated employee at Miami University. Recently, during my workday on Oct. 5 a Miami University delivery truck struck my parked vehicle in a legal Handicap parking spot. A coworker who observed the accident advised me that I should check on my car. I was surprised by the accident, but the delivery driver was at the scene, and I telephoned the police and filed a report. The damage was not extensive, although I required assistance from the local automobile club to remove the damaged/destroyed tire (new tire was required); there was also damage to the front bumper.
Upon contacting my insurance agent, my agent advised me to contact the university for liability rather than have the accident as a no fault claim on my insurance. I contacted Miami University and was advised to contact Jawana M. Hawkins, senior claims representative, in Dublin, Ohio. Ms. Hawkins advised me of “State of Ohio government immunity” and I continue to be at a loss as to why Miami University and the state of Ohio are not required to take responsibility for the damages in this accident and I will be required to pay for the expenses when the accident was not my fault; in fact, I was not in the vicinity of my vehicle at the time of the accident.
I will now have to file a No Fault Claim against myself to have my car repaired and the only money I will receive from the state is my deductible paid out of pocket for my claim.
It boggles my mind that as a resident of Ohio to drive I have to have at least collision insurance and I have to be able to prove that I have it if asked by the state or I can lose my drivers license or even face jail time, but the very state that enforces that law can walk away with immunity. Furthermore, every employee at Miami has to purchase a hangtag for a fee of $30.00. Where is that money going? Couldn’t that be set aside for instances just like this? I personally find the government immunity law insulting, indignant, shameful and despicable to the citizens of the Ohio; I am in disbelief of the situation.
I have served my country in the military and as a Butler County resident have served the state of Ohio in civil service. Be advised unless this law is changed anyone parked on the campus of Miami, any state or government facility or if a state vehicle strikes your car you will suffer the same fate as mine. It’s time for this law to go!