Should you move your car after an accident?

What you do after an accident matters – your actions can either strengthen or hurt your claim, and more important than this is your safety. For this reason, you should take calculated steps. But does this include moving your vehicle? 

Many debates surround moving a car after a crash, with primary subjects being prioritizing safety and compromising evidence.

This guide discusses this matter:

It may not be the best decision

If you or the other driver is seriously injured or the accident has caused the death of any involved party, it may be best to leave your vehicle in its position until the police arrive. 

Other circumstances that may call for not moving are your car is totaled, moving causes further harm, one of the vehicles was carrying hazardous materials and significant debris is on the road.

It may be safe to move it

If the accident you are involved in caused minor injuries or damage to property (including the vehicles) only, you can move it. You should also do so if staying in place increases the chances of secondary crashes, for instance, if you are in the middle of a busy road. Further, it may be best to move if you are blocking traffic.

Nonetheless, before moving, take photos of the vehicles’ initial positions. You should take some photos with both cars in a single shot. Consider taking pictures from different angles. 

It’s also vital to take photos of your injuries, property damage and the surrounding (signs, traffic, tire marks and debris).

If you are involved in a car wreck, it may be best to get legal guidance to make informed decisions from the word go.  


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