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Should You Move Your Vehicle After a Crash?

by Staff Blogger | December 16th, 2020

It’s a common myth that it’s against the law to move your vehicle after an auto accident, including a minor fender bender. And if you’ve been stuck in traffic for half an hour or more, only to see that the slowdown was due to a minor collision, you’ve probably wondered why such a law would exist when it only serves to block roadways and make people late.

Well, depending on your viewpoint, the truth is either good news or bad news. The bad news is that all of those traffic jams you’ve sat through (and will continue to sit through) were unnecessary, but the good news is that moving your vehicle after a crash isn’t just legal, it’s recommended in many cases.

So, when should you move your vehicle? There are a few scenarios when it makes sense:

  • After a minor crash—As mentioned above, there’s no reason to block traffic for an hour or more for a fender bender. After inspecting the damage, move your vehicle to the shoulder or safe area near the crash scene, and ask the other driver to do the same.
  • When traffic poses a threat to you—Sometimes drivers who are involved in crashes are at risk of being involved in secondary crashes. These often occur due to rubberneckers or simply being too close to traffic. When cars are zipping past you on a highway or interstate, move to safer location.

Note that there’s one major exception to moving your vehicle after a crash, and that’s when someone is trapped, injured, or has died. In those cases, leave your vehicle where it is and wait for help to arrive.

At Ponce Law, it’s our goal to help protect the rights of innocent victims after crashes. If you or someone you love was hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault, contact our Nashville auto accident lawyers today.

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