Car accidents are an incredibly jarring event that we all hope to never experience. If you have ever been involved in a car crash, you know that it can be disorienting (to say the least) and hard to know the proper steps to take after impact. In Oklahoma, the state’s Highway Safety Office has a number of rules and regulations in place that make it easy for those in the capital city and beyond to understand how to process the scene of a crash and move forward, safely. For more information use our Oklahoma City car accident lawyer page.
According to Oklahoma Traffic Laws (Title 47, Section 11-001 and 11-002), motorists involved in auto accidents where there are no injuries, fatalities, or hazardous materials present must remove their vehicles from the flow of traffic, if the vehicle is movable. Clearing the traffic lane after an accident is crucial in the prevention of secondary crashes. Studies show that, for every minute a crash remains in the roadway, traffic is delayed by five minutes. And, the longer traffic is delayed, the more likely another accident is to occur. Clearing the roadway after an accident, unsurprisingly, keeps traffic moving and prevents further delays, as it is the crashes and not the amount of cars on the road at a given time that account for 60% of all delays while driving.
After checking the safety of all parties involved, and checking the damage done to the vehicles, a driver should move their car off the road and towards a shoulder, an off-ramp area, or other space out of the way of traffic. Again, this is only if there are no major injuries or issues pertaining to the crash. When everyone is out of harm’s way, the driver or drivers should notify the authorities of the location of and pertinent information about the crash. Then, while waiting for law enforcement, the drivers should exchange information. Following these guidelines laid out by Oklahoma’s Highway Safety Office will not only keep you from penalization from your insurance company or law enforcement, but will, most importantly, keep everyone as safe as possible in an unsafe situation.