There are many pervasive myths surrounding car accidents. One common myth is that moving your vehicle off the street after a crash is illegal, as changing the position of the cars involved makes it more difficult for police to determine who was at fault.
In reality, it’s not just recommended that you move your vehicle after a crash, it’s required by Indiana law! Indiana Code 9-26-1-1.2 says that the duties of a driver of a vehicle involved in an accident that results in a traffic obstruction must move their vehicle off the traveled portion of the highway and to a location as close to the accident as possible, as quickly as possible.
Indiana requires drivers to move their vehicles out of the path of traffic for two important reasons:
Although many accidents make it possible for drivers to move their vehicles out of the path of traffic after crashes, it’s not always feasible or even legal. Two circumstances when drivers shouldn’t move their vehicles include:
The myth that you’re not allowed to move your vehicle after a crash was initially propagated by insurance companies under the premise that it would make it more difficult to determine fault. But ultimately, determining fault can still be accomplished using all the evidence available at the scene, including dashcam footage, surveillance or intersection camera footage, witness statements, impact zones, crash scene debris, tire skid marks, and more.
Although we know how important it is for victims like you to get compensation after crashes, we also believe that your safety is even more important. The law agrees, and that’s why moving your vehicle, even if it might slightly hinder the post-crash-investigation, is still required by law, especially if no one was seriously injured, killed, or trapped as a result of the crash.
Getting a lawyer on your side right away after a crash is just another way to protect yourself, especially if you moved your vehicle from the accident scene to the shoulder or another nearby and safe location.
Our Indiana car accident lawyers will collect evidence to prove who was at fault and hold them accountable, and we know how to analyze vehicle damage even after they’ve been moved from their original locations. Contact Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin today for a free consultation. We’re ready to put our decades of experience to work for your family.
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