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Indiana Code Requires Motorists to Pull Safely to Side After Car Accidents

Posted by thowens on May 1, 2018

Auburn Police Department Chief Martin McCoy reminds motorists of the importance of pulling off to the side of the road, if possible, in the event of a car accident.

“Our traffic is very heavy so when an accident occurs, it can be hazardous to stay in the middle of the road,” he explains. “It puts everyone at greater risk—those involved in the accident as well as those passing by.”

Chief McCoy says Indiana Code 9-26-1-1.2 actually calls for motorists involved in an accident to pull to the side when it is safely possible.

The code states:

If, after an operator of a motor vehicle is involved in an accident, the operator's motor vehicle comes to a stop in the traveled portion of a highway, the operator shall, as soon as safely possible, move the motor vehicle off the traveled portion of the highway and to a location as close to the accident as possible. However, the operator shall not move the motor vehicle if the accident:

  • Involves the transportation of hazardous materials


  • Results in injury or death of a person or the entrapment of a person in a vehicle

 A person who violates this subsection commits a Class C infraction.


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