Moving the vehicle is possibly one of the most debatable steps after an accident. Should you do it or not? And will your decision impact your claim?
Here is what to do:
Move it if there is no apparent injury or death
According to Tennessee law, a driver involved in a traffic crash on an interstate or other controlled-access roadway with no evident personal injury or death should move their car if it can be done safely and normally.
Moving ensures other drivers are safe – it restores the road to capacity sooner after the accident. Further, emergency responders can access the scene quickly and safely.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has signs reminding drivers to move their vehicles after an accident. The department also has HELP units to help drivers do so.
Won’t your insurance company penalize you for moving the car?
Your insurance company may not appreciate you moving your vehicle after an accident, particularly if the other driver’s insurer declines the claim, possibly because they didn’t see the initial positions of the cars and surroundings. Thus, it’s crucial to take pictures before moving your car. Ensure it’s safe to move around when taking photos.
Take photos of both vehicles from different angles. Capture the positions of both vehicles, the damages to your car and the debris.
Tennessee law prohibits the police and insurance companies from penalizing drivers when they move their cars off the road after an accident. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about jeopardizing your claim or paying penalties.
If you are involved in an accident, you can move your car off the road if you are not injured, there is no death and the vehicle is drivable. You should also seek legal guidance to protect your rights.