Starting this July, a new motorist accident law in Indiana will take effect in an attempt to reduce the chances of involving more vehicles after a crash, a June 6 article of reported.

Under the Indiana Code 9-26-1-1.2, drivers who have been involved in road crashes are required to move their vehicles, if possible, to the side of the road to keep other vehicles from getting involved in the crash. Such vehicles should remain close to the crash scene. The law does not apply if severe personal injuries, deaths, or a vehicle containing hazardous materials are involved in the accident. The law contradicts the typical advice of insurance companies to wait for authorities to arrive before moving vehicles. The law was enacted to prevent secondary accidents caused by an initial collision, which account for 22% of crashes in Indiana.

Being involved in an accident often results in serious or fatal injuries. If you or a loved one were involved in a serious accident, enlisting the help of a qualified personal injury attorney is important. Especially if you will need compensation for recovery, an Indiana attorney at Hankey Marks & Crider may be able to work for you. Discuss your legal options by calling (317) 634-8565.