Auto Accidents


  • Drivers can move their vehicles to a safe spot after an accident, and still be within the law’s requirements to stop at the scene, render assistance if necessary, and exchange information with the other driver(s).
  • After a minor crash, moving damaged vehicles can prevent a secondary accident.  
  • Clearing the road gives emergency vehicles plenty of room to enter the scene of the accident.  

Statistics
  • About 20% of all crashes occur after an initial crash; and secondary crashes are often serious.

  • 32,310 Americans were killed in auto accidents in 2011.  (General Motors Crash Dummy Test Lab, Sept. 2012) 

  • 31,000 Americans were killed in auto accidents in 2013.  The cause of those accidents were attributed to
    61%  - text and drive
    33%  - checking email
    30%  - checking Twitter
    17%  - taking a selfie
    10%  - video chat       (AT&T/NHTSA, CBS This Morning, August 17, 2015) 


  • An average of 228 people are killed and 17,000 injured each year because of drivers backing over people in blind spots behind their vehicles.  Many of the accidents occur in driveways and parking lots.  Nearly half of the deaths involve children under age 10.  The elderly also frequently are victims.  For this reason, some advocate for equipping new cars and trucks with rear-view cameras to protect against back-over accidents.  (Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, from wire reports, June 21, 2013) 
What You Can Do
  • If you are involved in a minor fender-bender with no serious injuries, move your vehicle to the shoulder lane—or side of the road.   This will allow you to still be within the law’s requirements to stop at the scene, render assistance if necessary, and exchange information with the other driver(s).

  • Keep a disposable camera in your vehicle, to take pictures of an accident - the crash site and damage to the vehicles.