Move Over...It's the law in Indiana - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Move Over...It's the law in Indiana

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A state law in Indiana went into effect Friday that says drivers must move their vehicles off the road after crashes.

Indiana State Police spoke with WDRB and they said the focus of the "move over law" is  to cut down on secondary crashes. 

Indiana's Traffic Incident Management Effort has several statistics that back up this law:

  • Crashes that result from other incidents (secondary) are estimated to be 22% of all crashes.
  • 18% of secondary crashes result in fatal injuries. 

Officials added that after a crash takes place, and before you move the vehicle, it's important to get out your camera phone and take plenty of pictures of what took place.

"That is going to help that officer with the investigation but it may help with your insurance as well," said trooper Philip Hensley. 

Now you may be left asking what happens if you can move your car after a crash but you choose not to move it?  

"It's the same penalty as what a speeding ticket is, it's a Class C infraction," added Hensley.     

Officials say in most cases you should stay inside the car after a crash. While your car may be damaged it acts as a buffer if another car is headed towards you for a second collision. 

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