Many people are under the mistaken impression that they are not allowed to move their car after an accident until the police arrive at the scene. However, this information is not correct. Indiana traffic law dictates that the driver of a vehicle involved in a crash that results in the roadway being obstructed must move the vehicle as soon as possible. In addition, the driver must move the vehicle as close to the accident location as possible.
If you are still unsure about traffic laws and your legal responsibilities, contact our law firm and ask to schedule a free consultation to learn more information.
Are There Any Reasons I Should Not Move My Vehicle?
Even though Indiana law stipulates that vehicles move to avoid impeding traffic, there are some exemptions to the law. For example, if the accident results in a serious injury, entrapment, or death, it is not recommended that the vehicle be moved to help avoid further injuries.
Additionally, if the vehicle involved in a crash is hauling any hazardous material, it should not be moved. Any attempt to drive the vehicle could result in an increased risk of fire, spill, or explosion.
What Should I Do if My Vehicle is Involved in an Accident?
If your vehicle has been involved in an accident, there are certain steps you need to take immediately to safeguard your well-being and that of any passengers you may have with you.
These steps include:
- If feasible, move your vehicle to a safe spot, so it does not impede traffic flow.
- Call 911 to report the accident. If anyone is injured, request emergency medical responders.
- Gather information from the other driver, such as their insurance and license plate number
- Document the accident by taking pictures and videos, including the lighting and terrain.
- Collect contact information from potential witnesses
- Seek medical attention immediately
- Contact your insurance company to report the accident.
- Contact a qualified car accident lawyer to help you with your claim.
Should I Speak With the Other Party’s Insurance Company?
You should never speak with the other party’s insurance company without consulting an attorney. The offer may seem tempting, but it is likely not in your best interests.
Before making an agreement with an insurer, be sure to consult with an experienced attorney who can help you understand all of your legal options.
Why Should I Hire a Car Accident Lawyer to Help Me?
If you have been involved in a car accident, you need an experienced lawyer to help you navigate the often-confusing claims process. Our knowledgeable attorneys will act as your legal advocate with the insurance company and work to obtain a settlement that is in your best interests.
Contact our law firm by calling 812-247-8416 and asking to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case and answer your legal questions.