Good Question: After An Accident, Move The Cars Or Leave Them Be?

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Tonight on Good Question, KAKEland viewer Elisabeth says she was recently in a ‘fender bender’ in Wichita. When police arrived, she says she was threatened with a citation for not moving her vehicle off the road. But she always believed that you are no supposed to move your car after an accident until police arrive.

So which is it? Good question.

You are required to fill out an accident report. But what do you do with the cars while you are waiting for police to arrive? Move them or let them be?

Wichita Police Lt. Joe Schroeder of the Accident Follow-Up Unit says it depends.

For example, if your car isn’t blocking traffic or there is no threat of another accident due to your crash, don’t move the cars. If it’s an injury accident, don’t move the cars, even if you are blocking traffic. But if it’s a non-injury accident, and your cars seem to be blocking traffic or putting other drivers at risk, Lt. Schroeder says move the cars. He says it really comes down to common sense.

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