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Can I Drive Away After a Car Accident?

Andy Mohr Collision Center Blog

Posted: April 22, 2019

Picture it: You’ve found yourself in a car accident, and you’re not sure when you can drive away from the scene. This kind of situation can often raise some questions, especially when you’re dealing with a collision with minimal damage.

To help you learn what to do in the event of a car accident, Andy Mohr Collision Center has brought you this guide on how you should handle a collision. We hope to help Plainfield, Indianapolis, Fishers, and Bloomington drivers in knowing proper collision etiquette at all times.

When Can You Leave the Scene of an Accident?

In the event that you end up in an accident, you should always stay to assess the situation. Leaving the scene of an accident, especially if you could be deemed at fault, is considered a hit and run. Depending on the damage caused in the collision, this can result in serious legal repercussions.

That being said, if you’ve assessed the situation and you and the other driver seem fine and agree that the police don’t need to get involved, this is a different story. In general, whether or not you need to contact the police after an accident can differ from state to state. If both parties agree not to call the police and both cars are drivable, some states leave it up to your discretion as to whether to involve the police.

In general, it’s a good idea to contact the police and stay around until the situation is resolved. Even if you and the other driver agree that police don’t need to get involved, the police can direct traffic and manage the situation better, ensuring everyone’s safety.

What to Do in Case of an Accident

It’s always important to be aware of the steps you should take after an accident. By knowing what to do, you can ensure the safety of yourself as well as other drivers.

You should first make sure that you’re safe and uninjured. After that, you should remain at the scene; even if you think the other driver is fine, performing a hit and run is a crime, so it’s best to remain where you are.

The next step is to get out of your car and check to see if the other driver is okay. When you know the condition of the other driver, try to get to safety. If you can, move your car to a place that’s off the main road. Either way, it’s very important to contact the police at this point, as they can provide stability to the situation and ensure that traffic moves properly.

Read more on what to do in a car accident.

Visit Our Collision Center After an Accident

The next step after any accident is getting your car back in good, working condition. That all starts at Andy Mohr Collision Center, where we can provide you with the bodywork and part replacements that your car needs.

We’re here to provide comprehensive service for Plainfield, Indianapolis, Fishers, and Bloomington drivers. If you’ve recently been in an accident, we can help you, too—simply schedule an appointment with us online or over the phone today!

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