Several matters regarding car accidents raise debates. And one of them is whether to move the vehicle or not. Moving the car to the side of the road can be a safety measure, but it can compromise evidence. So, what should you do?
Here is what you should know:
Are you or your passengers injured?
If you or any of your passengers sustain an injury in an accident, it may be best to turn on the hazard lights and wait for medical care. Moving can worsen the injuries.
Is your vehicle operable?
If your vehicle is operable and no one is injured, you can move it to the rightmost lane of the road, the nearest shoulder or the median strip. Doing this can protect you from oncoming traffic, prevent more accidents since motorists can pass safely on the road and provide easy access for emergency services and the police.
Can you gather evidence?
Whether you move your car or not, based on the circumstances surrounding your case, you should gather evidence, if possible. Take photos of your vehicle from different angles, your injuries, your belongings, the surroundings (traffic lights, road markings, signs and skid marks) and debris.
If you move your car without gathering such evidence, it can be difficult for your insurance to investigate the case. If you can’t take photos, ask someone around to help you.
If you are involved in a car accident, you should call medical assistance and the police immediately. The specialists you talk to will instruct you on the safety steps to take. It will also be best to get legal guidance to know your options.